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Did you mean what you said?

Maybe it was because she’s Chinese or maybe because she’d lived in France for 10 years that made her start the negotiation that way.

But, what I found particulary interesting was that she didn’t believe she said it til I played the recording. Not sure she believed it then either.

How can it be that  what was in her brain wasn’t what had come out of her mouth.

So, what had she said?

‘Hello, how are you? Good, so I will need you to work on Saturday. You will?

She agreed it wasn’t the best thing to say and worked hard to absorb diplomatic language over the next hour. We then did another simulation and she opened with:

‘Price is what I buy on, give me a good one!’

Oh well, maybe next time.

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