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June 22, 2010

I'm taking this class, and you should too

I realize that if I'm going to ever get back up to speed, I need to start publishing four posts per day. But between those updates, I want to alert you about an online course about negotiation I think you, gentle reader, should take. Because I'm taking it, too!

It's a class called She Negotiates, and it's taught by Vickie Pynchon, who is a lawyer, mediator, an expert negotiator, a contributor to more publications than I can count on all my fingers and toes, and, on top of it all, a very nice person.

Here's a link to the course page. In short: it's 4 weeks long, online, it promises to pay for itself. Here's a summery of what will be covered:
This transformational negotiation course examines the way you value yourself, your services, your salary, your bonuses and your products, and gives you the tools necessary to recalibrate your market value. You will learn the basics of both distributive and interest-based negotiation strategies, and explore the primary tactics used to negotiate the best deals for yourselves, your clients and your family.
I want to sign up because while I'm an experienced asker, negotiation is a different ballgame. I've just started this writing business and I know this education will help me make sure I'm getting compensated fairly. I missed the last seminar because I was traveling, but this one is perfect timing! It starts July 19.

So here's my idea: What if a bunch of us got together, took the class, then tracked our progress on this blog? We could trade ideas and learn from one another. Would anyone be interested in joining me on this educational adventure? We can claim lockers next to each other and gossip about the AP Econ teacher's date with the French substitute teacher. Good times!

If you're employed, you should ask your boss to pay for it. If you're like me -- self employed or not working -- I hope you'll find that the investment is well worth it. You know I never endorse stuff on this blog. At most I give a merchant a thumbs up after he or she says yes to my asking. But Vickie and I have traded emails and tweets, which is how I know she's awesome, and from what I've read on her blog and articles I am sure I have a lot to learn from her.

If you do decide to take the course, let me know!

And now, back to our regularly scheduled asking updates...
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