Negotiating skills are useful for just about any situation but there are certain scenarios that may require a professional. This month’s main article discusses the importance of strong negotiating skills.
There are also some strategies to help your kids settle into a new school as well as a few apps to help you manage your stress levels.
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| The Importance of Strong Negotiating Skills
| Strong negotiation skills aren’t just for business transactions.
You often don’t realize you’re using them but whether you're renting a car, asking for a raise or trying to get your kids to clean up their room, strong negotiating skills are essential.
Negotiating is a life skill that can be easily learned and eventually perfected. Your success is partly based on how well you're prepared so it’s important to do your homework.
Also, never make assumptions but instead ask questions and listen to the other party’s perspective in order to gain their trust and to gather valuable information that may come in handy later.
There are certain scenarios where it’s best to use a third party negotiator. The home buying/selling process can be very complex. In order to successfully negotiate, you need to understand local market conditions but you also need to be able to identify specific psychological aspects in order to work around certain fears and motivations and turn them into advantages.
Even if you consider yourself the world’s greatest negotiator, emotions can often tear things apart. If you negotiate with someone directly in such an emotionally charged situation as selling a home, chances are that negative personal feelings will get in the way. It's hard to recover once that happens and oftentimes, the home of your dreams will be lost due to ego, pride or principle.
Emotions run very high when it comes to buying or selling a home which is why it's important to have a real estate agent represent you as a third party negotiator. Professionals are able to see things through to the end by remaining calm and not letting their emotions get in the way. If you're thinking about making a move, please get in touch so that we can discuss your options.
| Helping Your Kids Adjust to a New School
| Starting fresh at a new school can sometimes be a challenge.
Switching to a new school can cause children considerable stress and anxiety. If your child has just started at a new school, the following tips will help them settle in:
- Be Positive - Discuss your children's fears while encouraging a confident approach to making new friends
- Fear Not - Chances are you'll be a little nervous too. Be careful not to transfer your anxieties over to them.
- Join Up - Encourage your children to join school clubs/teams and participate in after-school activities in order to meet new friends and have fun.
- Join In - Parent teacher groups are a great way for you to connect with the school community. Attending field trips is another great way to get involved!
Moving to a new school can be a difficult transition so try to emphasize the positive when discussing the challenges and opportunities your children face. By encouraging them to share their feelings with you, it'll be much easier for them to adjust to their new surroundings.
| A Few Apps to Help You Keep Your Cool
| So many emotional and physical illnesses are related to stress.
Instead of being the source of your stress, your smartphone can actually help you relax with some great apps designed to relieve stress and anxiety.
Meditation is a huge stress reliever and apps such as Headspace are great at helping to guide you through the process.
Being grateful also reduces stress and increases happiness. There are various apps like Grateful Journal to help you record your moments each day.
Finally, exercise is a great stress reliever but it can be hard to find the time. Apps such as the 7 Minute Workout contain bodyweight resistant exercises including squats and push-ups to pump up your endorphins and help you feel great!