For the assignment I interviewed my sister, colleague and neighbor. Considering they
each know me in different capacities I was almost certain their responses would be
1. How did others describe you?
Based on my interviews, I recognized the fact that I am extremely persistent if there is
something that I am aiming to achieve or have a goal to accomplish. I was described as
being determined, goal orientated, strong willed and straight forward.
My sister knowing me the longest had a good point. She stated although I may be
persistent this is not always the case, it all depends on the situation.
My coworker who thought I was persistent most of the time, also mentioned I was a bit
inpatient. I can definitely see this! I am one that likes to meet deadlines and not waste
any time if there is a goal in mind.
My neighbor stated she definitely sees me as persistent, but “in a good way”. When I
asked her to elaborate she referred to be returning to school to obtain my MBA. She
stated that in itself demonstrates persistence and tenacity.
2. Were the descriptions what you expected?
I cannot say I was surprised. I am aware of my characteristics, but I was shocked that
unanimously I was considered to be extremely persistent. Although I know I do not give
up easily, I did not realize it was evident. Far too often we go on with our day and make
decisions not realizing that others may be observing you.
3. What, if anything, did they say that surprised you?
Other than everyone stating how persistent (borderline stubborn) I am, there was
nothing that surprised me a great deal. I did learn that I need to listen more rather than
making an immediate decision. This is definitely some word of advice I can learn from
For the interviews I chose to interview my assistant at work, my friend, and my mother.
Surprisingly, all of their answers were pretty similar. I believe I negotiate the least with
my assistant since I am an authoritative figure to her. She sees me negotiate with
others frequently tho. I was described as persistent. I do not give up or move on quickly
from a negotiation. This is something that all three people touched on. I will talk until I
am blue in the face to get my way when I am confident in my argument. If I really
believe in something or want something I will make sure that I find a way for it to
happen. I am most likely to use logical explanation during a negotiation. Especially in
the work place, I mostly use logical explanation. In my personal life I use some more
emotional appeal and guilt. At work, I often will exchange with others, whether they be
employees or clients. When asked what could make me a better negotiator, my mom
and friend both said I could meet people in the middle and not always have to get my
I was not surprised when everyone said that I do not give up in a negotiation.
Sometimes I even think to myself I could be a little softer and give a little more. I try to
use logic in all decisions that I make and not let emotion play too much of a part. It did
not surprise me that all of the interviews also came up with that answer. I was a little
surprised at how different kinds of negotiation are used in different areas of my life. I am
much more likely to exchange at work in a business setting and I rarely, if ever, do that
in my personal life.
I asked four people who know me quiet well to answer the interview questions, they all
had similar answers to the questions regarding how i am very persistent, how i don't
give up easily and my competitiveness.
From all four i was told i was very persistent if it is something that i really want to
achieve, and that i won't give up easily unless it is something which i didn't really want
or need. My competitiveness ranged depending how the person knew me, my friends
and family that answered knew i was very competitive, however my colleagues not so
The answers they gave were round about what i was expecting but it is also nice to
know that i am consistent in my life from friends, to colleagues to family. I do try to be
myself around everyone so this is probably why the answers came back very similar in
I wasn't necessarily surprised at any of the answers they gave but from this exercise i
am going to take away some of the points they offered for me to become a better
negotiator, one in particular would be to try different approaches if one doesn't work.
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