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The Art of Negotiating the Best Deal

Master key strategies and practical techniques for achieving your goals at the bargaining table in this powerful course taught by an acclaimed negotiator.

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c********m
October 25, 2017

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a********a
June 11, 2017
Very good course so far. For me it's been a lifetime of learning. I have been fortunate to have completed a couple of degrees. These courses on Great Courses Plus have proved an invaluable resource to continue a path long travelled down. Some courses I liked more than others, however I have gain something from every one of them. Some commenters have pointed out and complained of biases in the language usage of the presenters, suggesting changes of a certain type. Personally I am unconcerned with my feeling being hurt by 'wrong' words. In fact I quite enjoy discovering limitations and bias of others as an expression of the spirit and fallibility of being human. I may just have a few of my own. I work at further developing the skill of sorting through ideas and material filtered through the perceptions of others for the bits of gold that help to make this world make a little more sense. I think I have developed some pretty decent critical thinking skills and am a little less influenced by ideology, fallacy and propaganda. So when I see others criticize and politicize a presentation style, then suggest conformity to an idealism, suggests to me that that there may be more to learn. I think this may distract from, or miss the point of what education is about. The weaponization of education for political purposes, to force changes upon others, to believe oneself to be the bearer of the one true way, we have seen this all before. The universe might just be a little more complicated than any one set of ideals suggests. I take these courses as they are, at face value, whether I may agree of disagree, with the full understanding that I am responsible for what I do with the content provided. Speaking only for myself, I don't need a language minder to save me from words regardless of their potential impact on my sensibilities.

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h********m
May 21, 2017
Ironically, the one about skilled listening was incredibly difficult to listen to, as was most of this series. These very general concepts are good for someone who has very little interpersonal skills, but if you're someone wanting to improve professionally then find another course. The loaded gendering and ableist language is far more disconcerting than the profanity he's trying to bleep out in some of his examples. Switching from he to her, sometimes in ways that are passively sexist, and avoiding using gender neutral language (they, them, their) is so deliberate it's distracting from the message. People use neutral language naturally in all settings, even if they believe they are correct about someone else's gender. There was no need to overload this so much that the speaker couldn't even keep from blundering through most of these presentations. Concerning the ableist language: People who are deaf, blind, dumb, etc are the least ignorant of their situations just by the very nature of having to communicate with ignorant people on a daily basis. To use these words that define persons with disabilities as a means to describe ignorance and lack of understanding is more than counterproductive. If anything this series does a great disservice to those who have disabilities by perpetuating these false assumptions. That's really something to be mindful of, especially since a great deal of people who are interested in self-education are those who have to live a life that requires it.

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