The Importance of Concessions

Making concessions is vital for having successful contract relationships

Making concessions in negotiations, although grudgingly, is vital if you want a strong and thriving contract relationship. Why is that? What’s the purpose, role and importance of making a concession? Let's find out, shall we?

What is a concession?

According to Merriam-Webster.com the definition of a concession is: “Something done or agreed to usually grudgingly in order to reach an agreement or improve a situation.”

The purpose of making a concession

Well, there you have it. The purpose and role of making a concession is to reach an agreement or improve the situation.

I like the addition of “usually grudgingly”. Take it from me, it’s “always grudgingly,” period. The only time it feels easy, is when you know you’ll get a riviting trade-off later. Nobody in business likes to give something away for nothing, except when you are a true Samaritan and do something good for your community. But that’s not the angle right here — we’re talking about making concessions in a negotiation process, so with a business rationale. But as the definition tells you too, “in order to reach an agreement,” you just must learn to make concessions. Be it “grudgingly,” you must.

Experienced negotiators know the importance of concessions

Savy negotiators know that they have to give away something every now and then to accomplish favorable settlements. They master the art of conceding strategically. They know their opposing party’s underlying needs, and are able to use these to create room to manoeuvre and move the negotiation towards a favorable outcome with only the smallest concessions.

When and how to make concessions

When and how do you make concessions the right way, without looking like a complete jackass after the dust has settled? How do you use concessions to have successful negotiations and get the results you want? If you want to know the answers to these — and more — questions, read the other posts.


Next up: The 5 most important essentials in making a concession in negotiations

So now you know what concessions are, and what the purpose, role and importance of making them during negotiations are, how do you go about it? You'll learn how to make concessions in the next posts. First, read on to learn about the 5 most important essentials in making a concession in negotiations »


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