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  • Cell Phones, Model UN Negotiation Tactics, and Tennis

    Wow that’s a lot of topics to cover. I’ll go in order.

    If you have been reading stuff on my blog for a very long time, you might remember that roughly a year ago I made a post in anger because my parents didn’t want to buy me a cellphone, when a lot of my friends had one. https://amazingscott.wordpress.com/2008/05/14/cellphones/
    A week ago in Geography we started getting ready for Model UN. So, we learned some negotiation tactics. I tried to use the tactics to get a phone on Thursday. 5 days later, I’m getting one. They worked like magic. I know this will be useful to people everywhere, whether you’re trying to get a phone yourself, trying to get a raise, or trying to convince someone into doing something, so here they are.

  • Assume a reasonable stance. Make a reasonable offer/demand at the beginning
  • Demand more in the first offer. Say you’re selling a car. You want to sell it for at least $3500. So, all you have to do is try and sell it for $4000. Then, you can haggle and barter down until you get the $3500 you want. If you’re lucky and good at this, you might be able to get a little more than you wanted in the first place. If you tried to sell the car at the beginning for $3500, you might end up with $3000. Negotiate down to what you want.
  • False Demands. This one is complicated and I don’t fully understand it myself, so there won’t be an example. You can get something out of negotiating that you don’t need, and try and use it against someone.
  • Negotiate from Authority. For most people, this simply doesn’t work. The example makes it very easy to understand. Have you ever asked your parents if you could stay out until 10:00? Then they say 8:00. Then, you say 9:30. Then they say 7:30. If you can tell that they’re going to do this, and you can get something reasonable, play it like ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’ and walk away.
  • Playing Opponents against each other. This is what really helped me get my phone. My mom wanted me to have a phone, and my dad didn’t. All I had to do is sit back and relax while they argue it out. It took a while to get my mom to actually talk to my dad about it, but in the end it worked like magic.
  • Controlled Anger. This is where you can do one of 2 things. You can get yourself in a ton of trouble, or you can get what you want. If one side knows the other is angry, then they sometimes will give in easier. Make sure you control your anger, if you let it get out of hand, then you’re in trouble.
  • Aggression. If you are being aggressive with words (Make sure you’re not swearing and making insults to your opponent) then you can get the group to constantly discuss what you want.
  • Knowing when to surrender. Its always good to know when to stop, to not push something anymore. Know when to take what you have and leave.
  • Horse Trading. This is bargaining, bartering, and trading. “I’ll give you this if you give me that” sort of talk.
  • So, if you use all those to your advantage you’ll be a much better negotiator.

    On to Model UN. Sometime in April, we’re going to a college in the Twin Cities, and there will be a bunch of pairs of us each representing a different country. We have to put aside our own personal views and just focus on our country’s views. Also we get to eat in a college cafeteria. One of the teachers at my school said that they have an ice cream machine where you can pull a lever and a bunch of ice cream comes out of a pipe thing, similar to what they would have at Dairy Queen. My teacher wants to lay down under it and have someone pull the lever. Maybe I should try that too…

    Also I have a St. Paul urban Tennis winter class thing today with 2 of my friends. It started a few weeks ago, and its really fun. Soon I’ll add some of the stuff I learn in there to my Tennis blog, http://tennisnation.wordpress.com

    Scott

    August, The Dentist, and Back to School September 2nd (I think…)

    Anyways I went to Blue Mounds State Park and went camping. It was really fun, there’s lots of bison and stuff. You can rent a kayak (Or a Canoe) and explore a stream thing which flows into a lake. I think it was $10 for half a day. There is rock climbing, a shallow beach, lots of bison, the park rangers are cool, and plus if you want there’s program things to learn about most of the stuff in the park in a fun way. One thing that happened to me probably won’t happen to you is that there was a missing cat poster in the office thing where you check in. Guess what. Me and my friend found the cat. It was an incredibly nice cat, so we found a ranger and he told us to put bring the cat to the office while he drove to the same place and told us to walk there with the cat. The ranger called the number, and the owner answered it. Everything seemed like it was going well, we would get the cat back to its owner and then go to bed. But, just as like having a C average means having the same grades as US President George Bush, there is a HUGE downside. Almost everyone hates Bush, and the owner of the cat is on her way……….. to Oregon. So we put the cat in the Woodshed where other people buy wood for their campfires because it’s illegal to bring your own firewood to a campfire because it spreads invasive bug species and stuff. So for one night and half the day the cat stayed in the Woodshed. It seems mean, and to me it was not easy. (It had water, so it wasn’t horrible, but still. I’m a cat person (Even though I still like dogs) and Here’s a pretty good explanation of one of the reasons why. Warning: Video swears a bit
    Part One
    Part Two
    After that, the cat stayed there all night, and we enjoyed the next day while one of the rangers came and is getting the cat back to the owner in Oregon. It’ll all work out, don’t worry.

    Anyways…. I had teeth pulled today 😦
    Yeah, it seems horrible. But this time it really wasn’t. Last time, I had to get 4 permanent teeth pulled because I have braces and my orthodontist says everything will get all messed up if I don’t get them pulled. This time, it was my last 2 baby teeth that were pulled. It was at a different place then last time so the procedure was really different. Listen to this song it’s cool 8) . It really didn’t hurt at all during the actual procedure. The tooth on my left was a little loose, and it came out incredibly easy. The 2nd one, well, you can guess it took 30 minutes to come out. With a baby tooth, it has roots that go into your gums, and the root dissolves and that’s how it becomes loose. The root on the left baby tooth was literally nothing, it didn’t have one. The root on the right tooth had half an inch of a root. Yes, I know, you’re probably disgusted about that, lol.

    Anyways, I go back to school on September 2nd (I think). My brother and sister are organizing lots of notebooks, folders, pencils, erasers, glue sticks, and whatever. I’m not. All I need for Junior High is a 5 Subject Notebook and a Pencil, or, a trapper keeper. A 5 subject notebook is waaaaaay easier because you don’t have to carry anything, really. I don’t even need a backpack but I bring it just because I have about 2-3 pounds of paper in there from 7th Grade and I’m not excited to sort through it all. I’ll just keep it in there lol.

    Scott
    I’m gonna go watch the Olympics now…. My dad said Federer was losing but when I was watching it he was NOT!! 🙂

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    Well I have only been getting about 20 or 30 views a day and no comments at all =[ I hope stuff changes…

    Also I haven’t been posting as much (Maybe that’s why)

    It’s really hot in St. Paul and the same in my house =[ And I biked 4 miles today and then played 1 hour of Tennis and biked home. It is 2 miles to where I play Tennis and 2 miles back.

    What else…. Hmmmm If you can leave a comment on this post I will return the favor…. so Yeah!

    Scott

    I’m Back

    I’m back from my grandparent’s house, so I can post again now! I left a huge post on my other site, so be sure to read that (Or some of it anyway!)

    I downloaded an art-making application for my mac and I know how to use it but I’m terrible at art… Maybe I’ll try to make something…

    Nothing else to post today
    Scott

    My New Site!

    Hello Everyone! I just made a new blog about Tennis! The URL is http://tennisnation.wordpress.com

    Please visit and comment!
    Thanks~
    Scott