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being a good host without going broke

What's the usual room block requirements when planning a wedding or meeting? Any negotiating tips? [more inside]
posted by ejaned8 on May 7, 2009 - 4 answers

Consensus

How do you gain consensus? As a project manager, I need to bring people to the table and get them to agree on positions. This is not always easy. I can't imagine how incredibly difficult it must be for Obama to bring together Republicans and Democrats. What type of magic is required to get people on the same page and moving in the same direction? Real world examples, anecdotes, books, tips, techniques all welcome.
posted by jasondigitized on Mar 16, 2009 - 16 answers

Legal troubles over a decade-old debt to bank

[I am asking this for a friend.] Legal troubles over a decade-old debt to a bank. I am being sued by a law firm representing a collection agency. I would like to find a way to resolve this situation that does not involve hiring a lawyer, since I cannot afford one. I receive income via Social Security Disability. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Feb 13, 2009 - 16 answers

Help me negotiate a new lease

How should I go about negotiating a new lease with my leasing company? Ideally I would pay the same or less in monthly rent. [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Jan 31, 2009 - 6 answers

What's a fair rate to charge for booking events for Yoga/Meditation training?

What's a fair rate to charge for booking events for Yoga/Meditation training? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Gunn on Jan 28, 2009 - 2 answers

Can Mr. Emotional and Ms. Practical learn to get along?

How does a very logical person deal effectively with someone who makes all their decisions on an emotional basis? I’m asking for the benefit of a friend who is a having a terrible time with her marriage, but I’ve also never had any success myself in dealing with people who make all their decisions on an emotional basis. I get very frustrated when someone insists on making the emotional choice even though it makes no practical sense, and especially when they won’t even take responsibility for the consequences of doing so. If any of you have had success in this type of interaction, I’d love to hear about it. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Jan 20, 2009 - 41 answers

"So what kind of salary were you looking for?" What's a good answer to such a question?

"So what kind of salary were you looking for?" What's a good answer to such a question? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Dec 3, 2008 - 36 answers

How to buy a domain from a squatter?

What's the best way to buy a .com domain from a squatter? Have you used a third-party to anonymously negotiate a domain purchase? I'd be very interested to hear your experiences. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2008 - 10 answers

What do you do when you know you're #2 ?

I was just offered a job I was turned down for last month. How do I best handle the conversation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2008 - 19 answers

Negotiating a home purchase

When buying a house is it better to have the seller pay the closing costs or to reduce the sale price of the home? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew on Oct 1, 2008 - 9 answers

When two people want compromise but haven't been able to get there.

Have you ever gotten past what seemed like a major impasse in a romantic relationship? Something significant that the two of you, after MUCH thoughtful discussion spread over months, just couldn't usefully agree about? Did a couples therapist or other neutral third party help you? What else helped you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2008 - 9 answers

Best way to negotiate a large raise?

How can I smartly/safely negotiate a substantial promotion and raise? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2008 - 6 answers

Salary negotiation via email?

Salary negotiation via e-mail? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Aug 11, 2008 - 22 answers

Help! I'm being extorted/blackmailed/strong-armed by my sister in law!

My wife and I asked her sister for my wife's wedding dress back. She is refusing to give it to us until we pay her for damage to her car. [more inside]
posted by adi on Jul 27, 2008 - 58 answers

Why does her colleague get paid more?

My wife has a salary review coming up. A few months ago a colleague doing the same job as her revealed his wage was £1000 a year more, though he has been there for a shorter time. Should she mention this in her meeting? [more inside]
posted by hatmandu on Jul 9, 2008 - 21 answers

Alternatives To A Short Sale? Negotiation tips, please?

So I'm looking to buy a house, but my short-sale offer was rejected by the seller's lender. (I assume the seller's financial situation is not as dire as necessary for their bank to approve a short sale for them.) Any suggestions on how to buy the house without throwing money away? [more inside]
posted by mhh5 on Jun 13, 2008 - 28 answers

Negotiating to work from home

Tips and Techniques for negotiating the ability to work-from-home? [more inside]
posted by drezdn on Jun 11, 2008 - 10 answers

Salary negotiation: Can I ask my employer-to-be to match a counter-offer from my current employer?

I've accepted a new job and I'm giving notice tomorrow. I may have low-balled myself, salary-wise. If my current employer counter-offers, can I ask my new employer to match? [more inside]
posted by PlusDistance on Jun 1, 2008 - 10 answers

I need tips to be a tougher negotiator

I think I'm too nice to do certain things entrepreneurship requires. I need tips to be a tougher negotiator and be able to drive good deals. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 22, 2008 - 15 answers

You hang up first. No you hang up first. No you hang up first...

At what point in the job interview process is it appropriate to inquire what the salary might look like? [more inside]
posted by boots on May 2, 2008 - 17 answers

Re-raise before the turn?

i'm considering asking for a raise at work, which might essentially require asking for a raise for my whole team. soliciting opinions on if it's appropriate at this time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2008 - 9 answers

Which careers for complex negotiations early on?

In which careers can one can get the most experience doing complex negotiations early on -- and make good (or great) money at it?
posted by shivohum on Mar 28, 2008 - 4 answers

Is this a good idea for a counter-offer?

I interviewed for a job, all went really well, and I was told they would offer me the position, but I wanted too much money. So I tried to work some negotiating magic, and I'd like input on my counter-offer and if other people have done this and if it works like I hope. [more inside]
posted by high0nfire on Mar 27, 2008 - 14 answers

Two buyers, one painting

I gave a collector Right of First Refusal on a painting. How long should I give him to decide? [more inside]
posted by artdrectr on Mar 24, 2008 - 7 answers

Ask now or ask later?

I'm expecting a promotion soon. I want to move to a better office. Should I ask to move now, or wait until my review? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit on Mar 18, 2008 - 7 answers

Well, maybe we could play skee-ball during dinner parties...

Should we pass on this great apartment we've found because the floor slants a bit? [more inside]
posted by TryTheTilapia on Mar 9, 2008 - 19 answers

It...it...flam - flames. Flames, on the side of my car, heaving...breath...insurance.

My car spontaneously combusted. Please help me avoid getting burned by the insurance company! Of all the values out there, which one is the closest to what they insurance company will offer me, which one should I be aiming for and how should I go about getting it? [more inside]
posted by quakerjono on Mar 3, 2008 - 12 answers

Who really gets hired off a phone interview?

Is it becoming the norm for people to be hired without an in-person interview? [more inside]
posted by rocket_johnny on Feb 27, 2008 - 10 answers

Salary Negotiation

How do I determine what my salary should be and prepare for salary negotiation in a job interview? [more inside]
posted by gm2007 on Jan 11, 2008 - 14 answers

Help me Re-Negotiate

The appraisal came in low. Buying a house with no real estate agents involved. Offer contingent on appraisal. Re-negotiation strategies needed. [more inside]
posted by theora55 on Dec 19, 2007 - 21 answers

I need them to show me the money ... now how do I ask for it?

I low-balled myself when called about a job prospect. How can I turn that around in the interview? [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown on Dec 14, 2007 - 11 answers

the billz to pay the billz

Too late for salary negotiations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2007 - 8 answers

Translating normal thoughts into office speak

I could use some help translating normal thoughts into office-speak and playing it cool at the office during professional negotiations and meetings. [more inside]
posted by salvia on Dec 6, 2007 - 11 answers

Compensation Questions

Can an employer reveal your compensation, benefits, etc. to 3rd parties? Alternately, is there any way for a 3rd party that you do not directly authorize find out this information through any channels? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2007 - 7 answers

Negotiate a raise without issuing an ultimatum?

How does one best go about negotiating a raise when one is not inclined to use resigning as a negotiating tool? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Nov 29, 2007 - 15 answers

Job negotation tactics

I recently moved to Los Angeles, and I've been in the job hunt for a couple of weeks now. I'm relatively qualified in my field, and I just received an offer. Should I lie to them about other offers if I feel that they've low-balled me? [more inside]
posted by holympus on Jul 19, 2007 - 16 answers

Rental negotiation

I am looking for advice on forming a direct relationship with my landlord. [more inside]
posted by tellurian on Jun 15, 2007 - 11 answers

How much money does a technology coordinator make?

What kind of salary can I expect as a computer lab technology coordinator at a fancy private school in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by bonheur on Jun 5, 2007 - 4 answers

What book(s) on negotiation should I read?

What book(s) on NEGOTIATION should I read? [more inside]
posted by ialas on May 29, 2007 - 14 answers

Generally my generation wouldn't be caught dead working for the man.

WorkEthicsFilter: So I abruptly quit my job, after realizing that I was being taken advantage of in a completely unfair way, that I spent most of my days crying, and that work was all I talked about in therapy sessions. My boss at my previous job has been calling me, offering me my old position back with the promise of a promotion in a few months. [more inside]
posted by ScarletSpectrum on Apr 12, 2007 - 20 answers

Negotiating Help!

I'm negotiating on a job offer tomorrow. Has anyone ever negotiated doing freelance work on the side? [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo on Mar 29, 2007 - 8 answers

Can This Job Offer Be Saved?

I have a job offer, but the salary they're offering is too low. How can I negotiate a better salary? [more inside]
posted by croatoan on Mar 6, 2007 - 20 answers

How to negotiate for a particular job position?

I have an interview scheduled for a new job. The company I'm interviewing with supposedly has a reputation of pigeonholing applicants into positions they either did not apply for or are unqualified for. How do I tactfully insist on being considered for the position I applied for? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga on Feb 18, 2007 - 4 answers

Job offer basics

What are things I need to know to ask and say when I receive a job offer? And, conversely, when I don't? [more inside]
posted by messylissa on Jan 14, 2007 - 19 answers

What is the average salary for assistant media planner?

What is the average salary for an assistant media planner position and what are some tips in salary negotiation? [more inside]
posted by herbiehancock00 on Dec 26, 2006 - 7 answers

If I want to leave, do I let anyone know

I have a goals & objectives meeting with my boss. Lately work has been hugely unsatisfying, and I feel, moreover, that promises have been broken or infinitely deferred. I have plenty of other work opportunities, it is almost hard to keep them away. Do I mention that I am seriously considering leaving in this meeting in hopes that it might change things, or just be quiet and leap when the time is right? [more inside]
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat on Dec 14, 2006 - 20 answers

How can I fix my neighborhood's erosion problem?

What are the best ways to fix a neighborhood's erosion problems, and how do you convince builders and developers to take those steps? [more inside]
posted by ND¢ on Sep 4, 2006 - 11 answers

How much to move

I am interviewing for a new job shortly. I am trying to come up with a dollar figure for how much I should ask for. I will be changing cities, working a fairly similar job to the one I am in now, and moving to a city where the housing costs are slightly higher. How do I figure out how much I need to make the move? Is a calculator available to help with this decision? I am looking for raw numbers here, I will factor in social costs later. [more inside]
posted by Deep Dish on Jul 20, 2006 - 5 answers

And I thought the most stressful thing was supposed to be the "marriage"...

What do I do about our now-outrageously-priced wedding photographer, a year after the fact? [more inside]
posted by cebailey on Jul 19, 2006 - 53 answers

Write my own job description and get them to hire me for it?

I am working as a full-time casual for a company, doing all different bits and pieces of work. I have an idea for a ongoing role for myself and would like some ideas of how to approach our manager with it and convince him. [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat on Jan 5, 2006 - 9 answers

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