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“It’s learning how to negotiate to keep both sides happy – whether it’s for a multi-million dollar contract or just which show to watch on TV, that determines the quality and enjoyment of our lives.” Leigh Steinberg

Negotiation is key to wealth in money and life. Each time you negotiate, you gain resources to bring you closer to your financial goals.

Watch this Youtube video from the Barbfriedberg Channel to see exactly how it’s done!

Negotiation is hard, but rewarding. It’s a skill like selling, typing, woodworking, or any other. Don’t expect to be a success immediately. Start small and practice, over time the financial rewards will be enormous.

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Over the last four months my life has been in transition with the sale of our home, the purchase of a short sale condo, and a relocation across the land. During this time I needed to prioritize my work and blogging responsibilities and eliminate all but the most essential. In that vein, I haven’t shared my writing and mentions on other sites or let you in on the excellent reads from my fellow bloggers. Enjoy the update! Brain Trust Columns

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  1. Roger Wohlner
    August 26, 2011 | 11:48 am

    Barb another great post and a needed reminder for all of us not accept things at face value. You might not be successful in negotiating every time but you will always fail if you don’t ask.

  2. krantcents
    August 26, 2011 | 11:50 am

    I love negotiating, but I keep it very low key. I usually come armed with information, solutions and I ask questions. When I refinanced my mortgage nearly eight years ago, I did my homework first. I created a goal interest rate. After I was successful getting the rate, I negotiated the closing costs. i was able to throw out all the garbage fees. Approach is everything!

  3. Hunter @ Financially Consumed
    August 26, 2011 | 12:38 pm

    Negotiating is one of my favorite things to do. It’s like a sport, and can be very good fun. I like your approach too. Thanks for the mention!

  4. retirebyforty
    August 26, 2011 | 1:07 pm

    Thanks for the mention! I’m not comfortable with negotiation, but I’m slowly getting a bit better at it.

  5. Matt Wegner @ Financial Excellence Blog
    August 26, 2011 | 3:06 pm

    Thanks Barb! I’m honored you mentioned my post.

  6. Barb
    August 26, 2011 | 5:58 pm

    @Roger-I like it; you won’t win if you don’t try!!!
    @Krantcents-Preparation is key. Very good tips.
    @Retire-The more you practice, the easier it gets!

  7. Maggie
    August 27, 2011 | 12:50 am

    I bet someone could do well teaching a course in negotiating. Students could practice with each other & have others critique their performance. Could be a nice way to earn some extra money for someone. Community colleges run all sorts of non-credit classes & this could be one of them.

  8. Travis @Debtchronicles
    August 27, 2011 | 12:51 am

    I’ve long known that my negotiating skills have much to be desired. As I’ve began reading personal finance blogs, I’ve come to realize that I need to work on this and develop this skill….

  9. Barb
    August 27, 2011 | 9:00 pm

    Hey Travis, Like anything else, practice and you will improve!

  10. Funancials
    August 28, 2011 | 6:32 pm

    Barb- was this a real interaction? If so, did she notice a camera behind her head?

  11. Car Negotiation Coach
    August 28, 2011 | 9:22 pm

    Babs, love to see you work your magic in action!

  12. Barb
    August 28, 2011 | 11:50 pm

    Hi Maggie, Great idea! Teaching a negoting course…umh.
    Hi Funancials, Thanks for the props, it was fictional thantks to El Carino for great film-making.
    Hi Car Negotiation, Glad you checked it out. After all, you are the man :)

  13. Dana
    August 30, 2011 | 6:23 am

    Great post on negotiating! I’m not so good at it myself but thankfully for me, Mr. Not Made of Money really knows how to work a deal!

  14. Barb
    August 30, 2011 | 8:36 pm

    @Dana-As long as one partner does the negotiation, you’re all good!!!

  15. Paula @ Afford Anything . org
    September 7, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    Congrats on the Plutus Award nomination — I got one as well!! Hooray!! I’m glad things are starting to settle down for you after the move across the country. And I really admire that you have a YouTube channel now … that needs to be my next thing!

  16. Barb
    September 7, 2011 | 4:02 pm

    Hi Paula, Congrats and good luck to you as well on the Plutus nod. Hope my video can inspire you :)

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