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From two leaders in executive education at Harvard Business School, here are the mental habits and proven strategies you need to achieve outstanding results in any negotiation.

Whether you've "seen it all" or are just starting out, Negotiation Genius will dramatically improve your negotiating skills and confidence. Drawing on decades of behavioral research plus the experience of thousands of business clients, the authors take the mystery out of preparing for and executing negotiations - whether they involve multimillion-dollar deals or improving your next salary offer.

What sets negotiation geniuses apart? They are the men and women who know how to:

  • Identify negotiation opportunities where others see no room for discussion
  • Discover the truth even when the other side wants to conceal it
  • Negotiate successfully from a position of weakness
  • Defuse threats, ultimatums, lies, and other hardball tactics
  • Overcome resistance and "sell" proposals using proven influence tactics
  • Negotiate ethically and create trusting relationships - along with great deals
  • Recognize when the best move is to walk away
  • And much, much more

This audiobook gets "down and dirty". It gives you detailed strategies - including talking points - that work in the real world even when the other side is hostile, unethical, or more powerful. When you finish it, you will already have an action plan for your next negotiation. You will know what to do and why. You will also begin building your own reputation as a negotiation genius.

©2007 Deepak Malhotra and Max Bazerman (P)2015 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"An absolutely brilliant negotiation framework and tool kit of negotiation strategies, compellingly illustrated from extensive real and complex situations. It's the most comprehensive, wise, practical book on the subject I've ever seen." (Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness)
"Few skills in life are as valuable as negotiating - and we can all become better at it. Professors Malhotra and Bazerman show us how, combining insightful analysis with clear, practical, and ingenious recommendations." (William Ury, coauthor of Getting to Yes and author of The Power of a Positive No)
"Shortly after I sat down with Negotiation Genius, I reached for pen and pad and began to make notes. Thirty-five years in the space with hundreds of major negotiations, and this work still has something to teach me. It's the rare book that I would recommend to people at any experience level. With its engaging blend of real-world stories, intelligent tools, and emphasis on ethics and integrity, it is must reading for all who wish to excel." (Brian McGrath, Global Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies)

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Pragmatic & Powerful Negotiation Methodology

Although I have law school and legal practice as well as business world experience negotiating the authors' approach taught me a great deal.
They know this field profoundly, and provide both a theoretical structure and practical application tips.
There is absolutely gold here for the mining. However, if you are looking for a magical word or a hypnotic phrase you won't find them. Great negotiation results require hard smart work. This shows how to focus your efforts to make success happen.
This is a book I will be reading and re-reading over the years because of the depth of the insights the authors share.
I heartily recommend it!

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Very good but....

I really liked the book overall, but they seemed obsessed of referring to Daniel Kahneman and Harvard professors. While I realize that Harvard is a GREAT school, it's not the only Great school. Most authors do research to write their books. It just seemed that they grabbed what was close and easy rather than doing what most great authors do. research, learn, and share with the readers. It just seemed limited to "this is what we already know and are comfortable with". BUT, overall, a very good book. I would definitely read again. I would just prepare myself to hear the same reference over and over (honestly, I wondered whether Kahneman was his uncle or cousin). It was VERY repetitive. To the point of annoyance. But I'll prepare myself next time

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Title should be "Wimp Win"

I disagree with what most of this book has to say. I've been in sales and negotiating for some time now. This book feels like it was written by hippies trying to make sure everyone comes out okay and that's just not how it works in the real world.

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Never has a better negotiation book been written

This is phenomenal. Phenomenal! I cannot remember my life before these negotiation lessons, applicable in all domains of life. Every lesson is so specific and thorough.
Fantastic work by the authors.

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Will listen again!

The reader is good and engaging.. good material.. definitely feel it will help significantly in future business.

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Very informative, intelligent and enjoyable.

This book is very smartly written. There are enough stories to help emphasize the content and the subject is covered thoroughly. Informative and applicable to so many things in business and in life. I was happy I chose it. As a result, I would read more books by these authors, on this topic, written by more Harvard educators.

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Very Helpful!

Would you listen to Negotiation Genius again? Why?

I downloaded the audible edition then after listening I downloaded the book in order to review a few techniques. I have to negotiate with people almost on a daily basis so I found this book helpful and this is not my first book on the subject.

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Great book on the topic covers everything

Great book on the subject. I would highly recommend. It covered all conceivable difficulties in many negotiations. Helped be get an 8% raise over two years for my union.

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Negotiation Mastery

A great addition to your negotiation library. Very well read and easy to follow. Highly recommended follow up to Getting to Yes.

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Great structure for thinking about negotiations

This book gave me a structured way to think about negotiations. The idea of creating and capturing value stood out to me quite a lot. I really liked the concept of investigative negotiations and the emphasis on being extremely well prepared for every negotiation.

On the downside there were points were the book was a bit of a heavy read requiring focus to get the most out. This wasn’t too often.

Overall, Great read with great method and great stories!

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  • 08-07-19

Interesting but way too long

There are certainly a lot of learning points in this book and so is worth reading it. However, it is seriously too long and examples and case studies are either too silly or "constructed") made up).

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  • Joshua Wöhle
  • 09-30-18

A good book for newbies that allows for reflection

Definitely makes you think about good negotiating practice in a different, and in my case better, way.

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  • Najeeb
  • 09-02-17

One of the best books I have ever read

This book improved my life. Business negotiation is a primary role in my job. I successfully applied two principles thus far to resolve longstanding issues with contractors. other principles were also very useful at home. Thank you Deepak. Thank you Max.

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  • Alev Haddadieh
  • 12-30-15

Picked up useful tips on negotiotion

This book is gives excellent tips on negotiation. I would highly recommend for all readers.

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  • Alan Webb
  • 02-18-21

In-depth Negotiation strategies

Comprehensive and considered approaches to Negotiation, and not all about trying to beat thr other side down. Very good!

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  • VP
  • 09-03-20

Why is the intro so long?

I bought the book. Don’t need to be persuaded to read it. Give me the actual tips instead of 1million reasons why the tips are good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-20

Master piece!

Very good Book, a lot of information, definitely i will buy now paper version to read again and make some ribbons to come back when needed!!!

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  • Soumil Sarin
  • 05-13-20

Brilliant book.

loved it. read it twice to make sure I haven't missed out on the dinner details!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-20

Good book bad narrator

It was best if another narrator read the book. Generally the book content is good

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-20

Wealth of useful info, strategy and tactics

Each time i listen to audiobook - I'm getting more and more from it. Gotta love "Majour Hit The Fan" story

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  • Nancy
  • 04-04-18

Great book not only for negotiation

Would you listen to Negotiation Genius again? Why?

Yes. Quite a number of concepts in the book are worth listening again and impress them in my mind. It's a great book for interpersonal skills that can be applied in work and in family. And it really demonstrates how to be more flexible and analytical and better prepared for difficult situations.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

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Any additional comments?

Recommended to anyone who wants to improve his/her skills with people or to be better prepared for tough situations.

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  • JT
  • 05-25-17

Like it so much

It's simply great. Very practical and engaging. Recommend it to everybody who seeing weakness in deal making and negotiating

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  • Adam M
  • 11-26-20

Highly recommend.



Very thorough, well written book. Lots of very good information and easy to listen to. Very much recommend.

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  • Shayan
  • 07-22-20

Hard to focus

The content are good but very hard to get focused onto. Whether it's the speaker or the content.

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  • N. Black
  • 03-03-20

Awesome insights and great examples.

I'm going to read it all over again! Great examples and easy to listen too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-19

Great book on learning to negotiate

This book was very insightful about negotiations and the psychology around it. It gives a lot of good practical tips on how to negotiate, when to negotiate and when not to negotiate. I look forward to the skills I've learnt from this guide.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-23-19

simply brilliant

absolutely loved it. would recommend highly to anyone. easy to understand and apply in business a nbd real life