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Hello Spartans!

Welcome back from your turkey and pie induced comas! While we were away, Molly Fletcher (our favorite sports agent/author/speaker) was kind enough to send a couple of autographed copies of her new book for us to give away to you. She will be in East Lansing on 12/04 to do a book signing, so we’d like to offer up these copies to a couple of people who can’t make it to see her in person.

Let’s make this fun and easy! If you live at least one hour away from MSU’s campus, reply in the comments with your favorite story about a time when negotiation either worked for you or when you failed miserably at it. On 12/04 at 5pm, we will pick out our two favorite comments and get the books sent to those people.

This could be about anything, a failed date, a successful marriage proposal, a time when you secured a pay raise, or got shot down by the store clerk who refused to negotiate on the price of those shoes you were lusting after. Heck, you can even make up a story if you want to! Brave honesty and outrageous creativity are both appreciated around here.  Just share your story and we’ll pick two lucky people to receive the books. Maybe we’ll even throw in a couple of pieces of Spartan Swag, just because you can never have enough green & white stuff in your collection.

If you don’t live at least an hour away, let’s negotiate! Convince us why we should pick your story instead of someone who can’t easily get to Molly’s book signing on campus. (We’ll give extra points for creativity!)

Here are the details about Molly’s impending book signing, for those of you would like to come out and see her in person:

Book Title: “A Winner’s Guide to Negotiating: How Conversation Gets Deals Done,”

What: Book signing

When: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4

Where: Spartan Stadium, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

What are you waiting for? Get those comments going. And if you want, share this around on Twitter: @helpingspartans #mollysbook -(You can find Molly at: @mollyfletcher.)

Go Green!

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7 comments

  1. spartanshelpingspartans 5 December, 2014 at 09:49 Reply

    Thank you to all three of you who shared terrific comments here! After scientifically choosing the two of you who will be awarded Molly’s books (by playing two rounds of “eenie-meanie-miny-moe”) I have decided to send you each an email. Or, you can beat me to it and send me an email with the title “Mollys book” in the subject line and your mailing address inside the email. The first two people to respond will be sent the books and some cool MSU swag. The third person will be sent some cool MSU swag. How’s that for being fair, generous, AND scientific! 😉 My email address is isbelld@msu.edu

  2. Paul Quirke 3 December, 2014 at 23:14 Reply

    I live in Indianapolis. On Thanksgiving, my wife and I drove through a car dealership lot and found a car we were interested in purchasing. The dealership was closed so it allowed us time to do some research. We determined a price that the dealership needed to get down to for a sale to occur. I went to test drive the car and talk with salesman by myself. The salesman put a price in front of my face and I said, “I need to check with my wife and get her opinion.” I knew his price was not low enough but I used my wife as a bargaining chip. He heard me on the phone with her and I told him “my wife said here is the number we have to be at or just come on home and we will keep looking.” He said, “Let me go speak to my manager.” We were asking for the price to be lowered by $1,000. He came back and said, “My manager said he can meet you half way at $500.” I said, “My wife said this price. We don’t have to get a new car today. We can wait until the new year.” His reply was “so you are telling me if I can get you to this number you will leave here with a new car.” I said, “Yes.” He came back from talking with his manager and said, “Done deal.”

    Doing your homework before negotiating and buying a new car is the best policy. It also helps when you don’t need to buy a new car, you just want to. You have all the control.

    I love my new car and my stepson loves his new car (my old car)!

  3. Tracy Maurer 3 December, 2014 at 13:15 Reply

    I live in the Cleveland area, so definitely more than an hour away from East Lansing.

    I think many times, being authentic and honest is a good negotiating “tactic”. When I decided to go for my current role, my interviewers were concerned that they wouldn’t be able to pay me what I wanted. I told them that I recognized it would be at best a lateral move, but that I felt I had a lot to bring to the table. We agreed on a bonus structure that allowed me to get the annual amount I needed. And over time, I’ve shown my value and they’ve been able to increase my pay accordingly.

  4. Emily 2 December, 2014 at 16:18 Reply

    I live an hour away from Michigan State, but will also be in Cleveland on the day of the event. I feel as though all my negotiation has been over the phone when fighting a bill on the phone or arguing about how something was processed. I have found that what you must do is go up to a manager’s level….never talk to the first person you talk to if you want results, they are almost always reading from a script and don’t have a lot of flexibility. I have failed at times when asking for things, but have also succeeded in getting what I wanted, stubbornness and determination seems to be the best attributes.

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