With the new election proceedings in its early stages, politics fill the news. In this week’s video, I share 7 things that we can learn from Politicians. No matter what side you are on or how you feel about politics there is much we can benefit from in regards to business and negotiation skills in our day to day lives.
7 Things To Learn From Politicians
No Matter What Side You Are On
The 2020 US presidential election is off to an early start as a large number of democratic contenders announce their candidacy for the party’s nomination in July 2020. It might be early days, but passions are running high, the purpose is front and center and ideas are being pitched and discussed. There are no shortage of personalities in this race, and we watch it all unfold partly fascinated, partly indifferent, but always with strong opinions.
But, here’s what I want you to take away, because love’em or hate’em, politicians have skills that the rest of us could really benefit from. There are at least 7 things politicians do SUPER well:
7 Things To Learn from Politicians No matter What Side You Are On
1. Politicians are subject matter experts.
Politicians have to be well-versed on any number of issues from immigration and privacy laws, to taxation, healthcare, and education. It’s, and it’s a lot to remember. Granted, they have teams of people helping them sift through vast amounts of information, but remember, the politician stands on the podium alone.
2. Politicians understand the policies from a multi-dimensional view.
Even though politicians have their views and their position on a particular policy, they have to be prepared to counter the opponent’s viewpoint. Which means they have to understand it from the other person’s perspective.
3. Politicians are skilled at anticipating objections and knowing where they will come from.
They are not surprised when there are sharp disagreements towards their perspective; in fact, they have prepared for them in advance with ready answers. Rather than being derailed by objections, they use these as a springboard for advancing their own goals.
4. Politicians know their audience.
Messaging is carefully crafted to persuade and influence both direct supporters and potential supporters in the hopes of attracting the highest number of votes. From
practiced body language that emphasizes confidence and magnetism to tone of voice for message delivery, politicians have to be approachable and real while exuding leadership
qualities. They are also engaged continuously in calls to action.
5. Politicians practice debating the strengths and weaknesses of their policy positions
The more practiced they are, the easier it gets, and the more relaxed they can be when they deliver their message.
6. Politicians represent a defined set of interests.
These defined set of interests are consistently balanced against opportunities and creating more value for their voters, especially when they’re elected officials and working on legislation.
7. Politicians understand how to leverage issues with opponents and are skilled at collaborating with adversaries.
Regardless of political stripes, politicians have to collaborate and work with colleagues they disagree with all the time.
These same skills come into play when you’re pitching an idea, making an ask, or negotiating a contract or a deal.
Preparation and practice can make all the difference between the outcome you want and the outcome you get.
Can you see how you can benefit and learn from the politicians in negotiation? I’d love to hear what you have learned.
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You might also enjoy reading How to Handle Threats in a Negotiation.
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