Behind the mask
Putting on the mask and headdress
Guilt, your faith in the gods ends your distress
For you have a duty to the people of your tribe
A shaman you pick up on the heavenly vibe
The seasons are changing the rain stops
The sun shines and dries the crops
Your people are dying without something to eat
A human sacrifice is required their end they must meet
A willing soul makes their way
A bow of the head nothing to say
They lie on the stone alter
Hand steady, your courage cannot falter
You draw the obsidian blade and slice the skin
A chant you grant a remission of sin
The life drains out of the deceased
Blood collects in the cup held by the priests
Heart cut out still beating
Tlaloc will reward our offering, the limbs are for eating
Cannibalistic values to gain power
Our tribe has the strength to make any other cower
We are not savage beasts
Just doing what we have to survive
I’m just a man
Behind the mask
How To Negotiate A Better Deal
Everyone wants the best price for things they really want. If you can get money off the price of this item or service at the end of the day you are going to be one happy customer. See below for my ultimate negotiation techniques.
Remember that the true price for the item is what you pay
Where there is no price on an item it is plainly obvious that the seller is trying to get away with taking as much of your money as they can, and can you really blame them when people accept the first thing that comes out of their mouth.
Try and get 70% off the original price
It’s highly unlikely people will accept less than 50% but it shows you mean business , make sure you don’t accept less than 30% off the original price.
Make them show you lots of goods
If you make the person selling show you lots of goods they will have already invested in the transaction due to the amount of work they have already had to put in. At this point they will see it as a waste of time if they cannot sell an item. This is where you sting them with a much lower price than originally asked for.
Don’t let on you want more than one item
If you are planning on buying a couple of things do not let the merchant onto this fact. Act as if you really are only going to buy one item, you don’t even have to let on that if you don’t wish. This is where you get the vendor to give you prices for the different items you want to buy individually. By this you can play the items price off against each other in order to get a cheaper price for both or all the items.
Wait for the pen and pad
Most shop owners of salesmen will have a pad of paper; they will pull it out when the bargaining becomes serious. They will write down the price of the item but remember my second point try and get 70% off this.
Say the price is too high lots
Its not even worth beginning negotiations until the salesman has already brought down the price of the item and lowered it twice since then. A good tip is staring at the pad of paper they will get out and not uttering a word was the best technique to get them to slash the price without uttering a word.
Pretend to want a bundled purchase
This works because at this point the vendor has already cut the price by 30% . You then ask the salesman what deal he would give you if you got two items and then three. He/she still normally offer between 2-5% per item so expect the original price to have dropped somewhere between 35-40% at this point. You then add a very expensive item (you don’t actually want this item). This will excite the seller as they expect to make a great sale. You want for them to do the calculations and lock in the price for the other items, most likely it will drop by another 10-15% by including the expensive item. You then after knowing the real price of the items you want to buy drop the expensive item from negotiations and only pay the real price for the other 1,2 or 3 items.
Know your breaking point
This is the point in time where the price of the item simply isn’t moving below your predetermined maximum price. This price is your worst case scenario and it will be likely that most people after putting all this effort into negotiating will accept higher than they want to or can afford to spend. DON’T! Simply walk away from the deal. It will either save you money or have the vendor running after you offering you a lower deal and this most of the time is below your breaking point. Another point to remember is if you are representing someone else make sure you know their breaking point before you start negotiating , as if you return with a deal above this then its your credibility that pays the price for them having to pay more.
Know what you or your item is worth
If you are the one selling a service or an item remember to walk away if the deal isn’t good enough. Remember if what you are selling really is worth what you think you will get that price for it. If someone isn’t willing to pay your breaking point price then just stop trading with them
Don’t feel rushed
This is a major problem in negotiating. A lot of the time people simply do not have the time to let negotiations reach their ending point. Because of this either their buying price ends up too high or the other way around if the salesman. If you have patience use it and try and out last the other party in the negotiations. If you don’t have patience you had better learn that art and quickly.
A massive mistake if buying is to not undercut the original asking price by enough (remember 70%… You have to take into account that you most of the time wont get the 70% you are asking for but that doesn’t matter because that price is lower than you value the item anyway. However the reason for doing this is because if you don’t then the counteroffer you receive will be at a much worse starting point. If you start at 70% expect a counteroffer or 25-30% back. You then move to 65% and then most likely they will move it to 35-40%. Here is your last move and you ask for around 60-55%. More likely than not they will counteroffer at 50% . Now you can either accept and walk away with your 50% saving and a decent deal or push more. The risk you have there is they could walk away but more money can be taken off the deal.
Claim the right to negotiate
Everyone has the right to negotiate but it is becoming a dying art because less people are doing it. Claim back the right and get yourself a good deal!
Don’t get emotional
The other person isn’t trying to offend you by offering you less or trying to get more money out of you it’s just business keep your cool and your head.
Don’t be offensive
Negotiating is meant to be harsh on the other person but only on the money they carry or the price they get for their goods. Never try and offend the other person it’s not going to get you the item cheaper or sell your item for more and if it does you really are a bully.
Have fun and practice
Negotiations are meant to be entertaining and fun. Get more practice in and make your skills be the best they can be.
I hope you have learned something useful about the world of negotiations please check out my other articles for advice on other subjects.
This article is for men to be like him and their wives to make them more like him.. everyone wins..
Bond is so likeable because of how charming he is. To be charming you need to interact with people effectively by knowing exactly what makes them tick. This requires ( hard for some people) to show an interest in others, listen carefully ( stop talking and listen for once!) , reflect what they have said to you back at them, while still managing to pay attention to their body language and demeanour.
Thirst all around
Digging for days
But still no water to be found
Maybe its time we changed our ways
Form a circle and intertwine our souls
Chant with me
And we will reach our goals
Grab your sticks and do as i do
Hop three times and turn around
Bang your sticks on the ground
Look up to the sky and put your hands on your knees…
Sfoxwriting.com Hits 1,000,000 Views In 7 months
First of all for people that don’t know my goal was 1 million views in a year of blogging, which I think most of you will agree, it would be a big ask. However with continuous growth from people viewing my blog it has become reality. I am ever so thankful for all of your support and would like to offer you all the opportunity at the bottom of this post in the comments box to leave a link to your blog as a thank you , all I ask for in return for this is a re-blog.
So where do I go from here?
I wasn’t really sure at first. I mean I’ve already smashed this target five months in advance it just seems any targets I set don’t go to plan. Because of this I’m being ambitious. I want to get 3 million that’s right 3,000,000 hits by the time my blog is a year old! That is another 2 million in the next five months. I might be chancing my arm a little but if you don’t set yourself hard goals you never grow.
So why do I think my blog has been successful?
I believe that it is the variety and quality of the content that I write, along with a sprinkling of charm and good looks (yes I’m being big headed here I’m having a good day). But in all seriousness I think a major reason why I have had success is that I try my best to keep others happy. I’m always looking for ways to help others on the blogging journey and still am so if you want a helping hand just ask.
Is there any direction I see your blog going that’s different?
Not different per say, “ if it aint broke don’t fix it “ but I like to update with new features every couple of months or so.
If I could change something about my blog what would it be?
If I could change something it would be finding the perfect theme for my blog. I like my current one , but there simply isn’t a blog theme that I really like, I know what I want in my head but nobody has made it yet.
What have been my favourite 10 articles?
I’ve got to be honest here this is a little daunting picking my own 10 favourites because its not the success they have had in the public but more about my own views . My personal favourites are;
- Closed Portal To Another World
- First Time On Motorbike
- Life Left In The Pride
- My Review Of Saturday Of The Download Festival 2013
- Camelback Mountain
- 30 Day Challenge – Day 6
- Angel In Disguise
- Into The Unknown
- How To Get More Traffic To Your Blog
- My Journey In America
What have been the most successful articles with the viewers?
The top ten articles with the viewers have been;
- Start Of The Adventure
- To The Last Drop
- My Journey In America
- Bullet For My Valentine Gig Manchester Phones 4U Arena
- The Valley
- Cloning A Different View
- The Road To Our Dreams
- Nordic Warrior
- How To Look Good In A Suit
- Film Review Agophobia
Why do I Write?
It gives me a sense of perspective on life. I like structure and for things to be sorted before doing them. With writing it’s almost like I’m fully in control. In the past I have written with my friend Mitchell Alcock a poetry book which has been more successful than I could ever have imagined, you can pick up a copy here. I’m currently writing my debut novel for Young Adults and I would love to use this post as an opportunity to show you all the “unedited” ( so please be kind) first chapter of this novel in order to see this please fill out the contact form at the bottom of the post so I can email you it.
Bloggers who have helped shape my blog
As my posts come and go it is always nice to see the same faces pop up to comment below are the list of the 5 most commented posters on my site and links to theirs as a special thank you to them;
- Kharis http://kharismaceyworksnovels.com/
- Tara http://lovefromtara.com/
- Samir http://viewsplash.wordpress.com/
- Thomas http://thomasjford.wordpress.com/
- Eric http://hunt4truth.wordpress.com/
Last of all I would genuinely like to thank each and every one of you that has viewed, shared and commented on my blog. Without you this venture would not have been possible at all . If I could ask one more thing of you all. Please use the comments box and let me know what you think of my blog, how you think it could be improved, leave yourself a link in the comments and re-blog (otherwise I will delete the link). And lastly please click the share buttons below. From now on on twitter I will be using the Hashtag #sfoxwriting in hope to increase my standing in the world of blogging.
Steven ( Use the following links for twitter only ) ( rest of share buttons smaller and just above the comments box)
Strong winds, heavy rain
My people will never die in vain
Ill grow up one day and be a man
Wield an axe like only the strongest of warriors can
For now I collect the timber to build the home
For my family in which to roam
I go hunting with my spear
Highly adapted senses I know when danger is near…
We should all be chasing our dreams while we still can and be trying to make them reality . Without this we have nothing . Please see the poem below and be inspired to follow your dreams.
The Road To Our Dreams
The road to our dreams is longer than we think
Keep moving don’t let others distract you or in the quick sand you will sink…
Cloning A Different View
So sure we have all heard about dolly the sheep, a clone of a normal sheep that was pretty well advertised in the news in the Uk a few years back but serious what is the point in cloning? All we are doing is messing with gods creations and playing with powers that are way above what we should be.