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Friday the 04th of May, 2018
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NEGOTIATION LANGUAGE: MAKING A NEW OFFER

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Happy Friday, everyone!

I hope you've enjoyed our short week about Negotiation Language. We've learned how to show understanding and then make an objection. Today we will learn how to make a new offer. 

Here are some of the many phrases you can use to make a new offer or propose a new idea. 

What if... (+ subject + base verb)
How about... (+ -ing)
Would it be possible to... (+ base verb)
Would you consider (+-ing)
Is there any way we could (+ base verb)


Here are some examples with complete sentences. 

Example 1: What if we reduced the project length by 30%?

Example 2: How about asking management to combine departments?

Example 3: Would it be possible to increase employee productivity by 5%?

Example 4: Would you consider changing the work week to four 10-hour days?

Example 5: Is there any way we could hire a new person to manage the accounting department?

Remember, negotiating works best when we combine phrases from day one, two, and three of this week: first we show understanding, then politely object, and, finally, offer another option.

To get a little practice (and feedback), I encourage you to write a short dialoge on one of our social media sites (Facebook or Twitter). Your dialogue should include the three types of phrases (understanding, objective and new offer).

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZigguratLanguageServices

Twitter: https://twitter.com/englishdaily

That's all for this week. As always, thank you for reading and have a wonderful weekend!



Thursday the 03rd of May, 2018
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NEGOTIATION LANGUAGE: OBJECTING 

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Welcome back, readers!

It's our second day of Negotiation Language. Yesterday we focused on showing understanding; today we will look at how to politely object to someone's opinion or offer

Here are some of the phrases you can use to politely disagree with someone. 

I'm not sure I entirely agree. 
I'm not sure I agree with you. 
I must respectfully disagree. 
I'm afraid we do not see eye-to-eye on this.


These phrases are best used together with a phrase from yesterday (showing understanding). Use BUT or HOWEVER in between each phrase. 

I get/see your point, but I'm not sure I entirely agree. 
I get/see where you are coming from. However, I must respectfully disagree. 
I appreciate your point/position, but I'm afraid we do not see eye-to-eye on this.
I know what you mean; however, I'm not sure I agree with you. 
I hear what you are saying, but I'm not sure I agree with you. 

Practice with us! Using one of our social media sites (Facebook or Twitter), give us a sentence that combines yesterday's and today's phrases to show understanding and an objection

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZigguratLanguageServices

Twitter: https://twitter.com/englishdaily

That's all for today. Thank you for reading! 



Wednesday the 02nd of May, 2018
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NEGOTIATION LANGUAGE: SHOWING UNDERSTANDING

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Welcome back to the DV, everyone! I hope you enjoyed the break.

This week we are focusing on Negotiation Language. When negotiating, it's common to use this pattern:

1. Show your understanding of a person
2. Show (politely) that you disagree with this person
3. Make a new offer that works for both people

Each day, we will focus on the language needed for this type of conversation. We begin with #1: SHOWING UNDERSTANDING

Here are some phrases you can use to show understanding. 

I get / see your point. 
I get / see where you are coming from. 
I appreciate your point / position. 
I know what you mean. 
I hear what you are saying. 


Can you think of some other ways to show understanding? Tell us on one of our social media sites (Facebook or Twitter). 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZigguratLanguageServices

Twitter: https://twitter.com/englishdaily

That's all for today. Thank you for reading!