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Public Speaking + Negotiations = My Weaknesses...

The following is a short reflection on a few UnCollege skill-building workshops by current fellow Dawn Saquin. Dawn is an adventure seeker motivated to help others live healthier, active lifestyles.

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Last week, our UnCollege workshops forced me to uncover a few of my weaknesses – public speaking and negotiations. I was placed in a mock scenario where there was a property owner(me) and a neighboring business where they negotiate over the sale of a small piece of land. We had 10 minutes to read up on our character and then 15 minutes in the meeting. This exercise was kind of a rude awakening being that I’ve never actually done a negotiation exercise before. It is nice to see where I stand when it comes to debating. I practiced these things through what our program specialists here at UnCollege called a “negotiation meeting” that I found very helpful for any future negotiations in my life:

  • Bargaining range (both positive and negative bargaining range
  • First offers in a distributive negotiation: how and when to present a first offer
  • Gathering information to determine the other party’s intentions and goals
  • Managing information about our own intentions and goals
  • Introduction to integrative strategy

This upcoming week I plan on speaking up more in any environment. I tend to shy away from big group discussions. 3+ people in a group makes me feel uneasy. I suppose it’s mainly because of my introverted side and also I care too damn much what people think. And that is my biggest problem. So a goal is to speak publicly to a group at least three times.

I am applying to internships in/around the city and still awaiting some emails. I am a little worried about getting an internship, but also trying to enjoy these last few weeks in the launch phase. Either way this experience is incredible!

-Dawn
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. –Steve Job

You can view Dawn's original post and blog here.

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