Herb Cohen, the best negotiator in the world, is on the Negotiations Ninja Podcast! Cohen is an expert negotiator and strategy consultant in commercial and crisis negotiations. He is also the author of two amazing books, including the New York Times bestseller You Can Negotiate Anything (the fifth bestselling audio book of all time).
Washington Post Columnist Jack Anderson wrote this quote about Herb Cohen: "To help get our fifty-two hostages back from Iran, the Carter Administration called upon Herb Cohen, an internationally respected negotiator. He not only told Jimmy Carter's people what they were doing wrong--while they were doing it--but predicted the release of the hostages almost to the exact hour....On the other hand, Ronald Reagan responded as Cohen recommended, and the Iranian's reacted as Cohen predicted--on the exact deadline he had foreseen." This hostage crisis was memorialized in the film Argo.
Larry King (Herb Cohen's best friend) even wrote about "Herbie's" negotiating skills as a child.
Herb has given countless speeches on topics related to deal-making, sales, negotiating, branding, and motivating. It was truly a privilege to have him on the show.
Phil Ideson, host of the Art of Procurement Podcast, has become a unique and powerful source of information for procurement professionals. He's also very quickly become one of my favorite people. Phil and I share a ton in common. We've both spent a career in procurement, we both run podcasts, we both have other businesses we are trying to build and we both speak funny.
Today we talk about savings. And naturally when two procurement guys get into a conversation about savings, debate ensues! Is cost avoidance real savings? Is cost reduction just a price argument? Phil and I get on our soap boxes about savings and have a great time in the process. For sales people, this is good insight for you to understand what procurement people are measured on.
Getting Kevin Frechette or Tarek Alaruri (the founders of FairMarkIT) to brag is difficult. They're humble guys. So I'll do it for them. FairMarkIT has changed the game of tailspend and capturing value from tailspend. They're shaking up the procurement world and I could not think of anyone better to have on the show to talk about proofs of concepts than Kevin or Tarek.
Proofs of concepts are a powerful sales tool and as a procurement person I'm always a bit weary of the 'free' proof of concept pitch because I know how sticky software is and I know how difficult it is to say "no" if the concept does actually get proven. Kevin perfectly illustrates the power of proofs of concepts and discusses why he believes that proofs of concepts should be free but also talks about the investment required to pull off a good proof of concept from the sales side.
Full disclosure, although it sounds like I have a stake in FairMarkIT, I don't.
But I want to!
Carol Sankar is an international high level R&D business advisor, leadership consultant & real estate investment expert who focuses on professional growth strategies to support established leaders.
Carol and I talk about confidence in negotiation and the lies that women tell themselves about their ability to negotiate. Carol was a speaker at WIN Summit and has been featured in numerous magazines, articles and conferences; including recent features in Forbes, Entrepreneur.com, TEDx, The Steve Harvey Show, Inc., and Working Mother.
Carol is an active real estate investor, an international bestselling author, the founder of The Confidence Factor for Women in Leadership, which is an executive firm for women leaders and one of the leading global negotiation training platforms for women entitled Increase Your Ask. In addition, she is a contributor for Thrive Global, Forbes, Inc., and Entrepreneur.
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