Skip to main content

money & life

Negotiating Your Contracts

Lesson 1 of 10

Course Introduction

Vanessa Van Edwards

Negotiating Your Contracts

Vanessa Van Edwards

buy this class


Sale Ends Soon!

starting under


Unlock this classplus 2000+ more >

Lesson Info

1. Course Introduction

Lesson Info

Course Introduction

Welcome. I am so excited to talk to you today about the power of negotiation and how you can do it more effectively. My name is Vanessa Edwards. I'm the best selling author of captivates and I love studying what makes people tick. And one of the things that universally everyone around the world troubles with is negotiating, especially talking about money, asking for money, asking for discounts. If you struggle with this, you are not alone and here's the good news is there are tools you can use to become better negotiating and right now everything is up for negotiation. And this is the big thing that I want to start with is that negotiation is a life and career skill. You're not born with it. No one, no one, I promise. No one is a born negotiator. We learn negotiation skills and the good news is you can work on them. So when we're thinking about what we want to negotiate for, I think that everything is up for negotiation not only our leases and costs of things, but timelines pricing are...

how we're treated our boundaries, all of those things are up for negotiation. And so learning this skill can help you with all of those things. Here is the very first thing I want to learn about negotiations. The most critical way that you can get more as you negotiate is learning the difference between a vitamin and a painkiller. And when I learned this, it completely blew my mind. It changed the way that I thought about how it was framing everything. Most people when they're negotiating or their positioning their products for themselves or their service, they position it like a vitamin so vitamin is good for you. You should take it right in the morning. We think I should take my vitamin. It doesn't solve an immediate problem. We think it's good for some sort of long term effect. We have to remember to take it right. We're not reminded of it. Were like, oh yeah, it's about that time of day. I should take my vitamins and we don't feel it's immediate effect. A lot of marketing, a lot of negotiating people talk about vitamins, you should do this, this is good for you. You should have this just in case. What I want you to begin to think about is when you go into negotiations, what you're asking for, You want to frame it like a painkiller. So a painkiller, like an aspirin. You want it right away. If you have a headache or a knee ache or a backache, you're not reminded of it. It's reminding you all the time. And you're like, I need this painkiller and you will do anything you'll search for through cabinets, you ask your friend and when you have it, you take it right away. It also has an immediate effect. When we're thinking about negotiating, we're thinking about positioning our products or services ourselves. We want to frame it like a painkiller. And a really simple way to do this is this course, right? So let's think about negotiating as a vitamin. So I can say to you, negotiation is good for you. It's important for you to learn negotiation. It will really help you sometime in the future. That's a vitamin. Instead, when I talk about negotiating skills and learning them, I'm better off framing it as a painkiller. So not negotiation is good for you, but rather when you have an interview, remind yourself of this course when you have your least sets up, you need to take this course if you know that you have a client who's about to have their term, their contract be up. You need to watch this course. And that way I'm framing it around a need not me telling you. But your contract is up with your client. Your lease is up with your landlord, you're due for that extra interview or the extra raise. And that way it's a painkiller. So that's the very first thing I want to think about is as you go into your negotiations, what are your painkillers? What are your things that people need right now? You don't even have to convince them of?

Class Description

We negotiate all the time -- from lease agreements to suppliers, to lenders, and even to hiring contractors or employees. Everyone needs to understand the dynamics of powerful negotiations, but for many, the thought of negotiating can feel agonizing and uncomfortable. Do you struggle talking about money, asking for money, asking for discounts? You are not alone. No one is a born negotiator and there are tools you can learn right now to improve your negotiation skills. The fallout from the pandemic and subsequent shutdowns wreaked havoc on so many small businesses, but that also means that landlords, suppliers, lenders, and others might be more willing to renegotiate your contracts. The time is now to hone your negotiation skills.

Join Vanessa Van Edwards, published author and behavioral investigators, who has been featured on NPR, TED, CNN, and USA Today who will teach you the science behind successful negotiations.

Negotiation is a life and career skill and in this class you will learn:

  • How to build rapport with your negotiating partner
  • How to prepare for any negotiation
  • Understand Your Better Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement (BATNA)
  • How to get your partner on the YES ladder
  • How to use negotiation as a business research tool
  • Tools for nervous negotiators


Vanessa is Lead Investigator at Science of People. She is the bestselling author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People. Her book has been translated into 15 different languages and more than 20 million people watch her on her popular YouTube channel.

Her unique work has been featured in dozens of media outlet including CNN, BBC, CBS, Fast Company, Inc., Entrepreneur Magazine, USA Today, the Today Show and many more. Vanessa regularly speaks to innovative companies including Google, Nike, Facebook, Comcast, Miller-Coors, Microsoft, and Penguin Random-House. She has been a spokesperson for Dove, American Express, Clean and Clear and Symantec.

Millions visit her website,, every month for her methods turning “soft skills” into actionable, masterable frameworks that can be applied in daily life. Hundreds of thousands of students have taken her communication courses on Udemy, CreativeLive, LinkedIn and her flagship course People School.

Vanessa is renowned for teaching science-backed people skills to audiences around the world including SxSW, MIT, and CES to name a few. Her groundbreaking and engaging workshops and courses teach individuals how to succeed in business and life by understanding the hidden dynamics of people.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Bonus Files

Ratings and Reviews

Student Work

Related Classes