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Communication and Personality in Negotiations
Sarah Brown
MGT/445
November 29, 2012
Thomas McCarthy

Communication and Personality in Negotiations
This essay follows my experiences, negotiation skills, and personality when dealing with my daughter Cecilia. First, I am going to explain why I must negotiate with my eight-year-old daughter on a daily basis, next I will review the roles of communication and my personality during our daily negotiations. I will show that I am contributing and not detracting from the negotiation process. My experience with negotiations is has shown me that it is a process of give and take; each party must be able to find a common ground of sorts for any type of negotiation to be formed. Negotiations in my home take time, effort, and thinking outside of the preverbal box, and I have had to use every day of my adult life in some way. Cecilia

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary (2012, p. 1) a negotiation is “the action or process of negotiating or being negotiated.” Negotiations in my family are no different from those that you would hear about in the news. When my daughter Cecilia started kindergarten I was expecting everything to go smoothly unfortunately, it never did. Throughout the first half of her first year, Cecilia had managed to get herself suspended from school four times. I was truly at my wits end with her constant behavior problems, roaming around her classroom and daily telephone calls from her teacher. In January 2011, I was asked to meet with Cecilia’s teacher and principal to discuss options or actions we could take to ensure Cecilia would be able to learn. At the meeting the principle first question to me was if, I had ever had Cecilia tested for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), She than explained that Cecilia held many if not all the traits of a child who suffered from this mental illness. During the meeting, we as a group decided that it would benefit Cecilia greatly to have...