Negotiation Phrases

Here you will find a list of the most typical Negotiation Phrases and Vocabulary in Business English. You will learn phrases for Setting the Negotiation Agenda, Making Proposals, Agreeing and Objecting to a Proposal, Compromising, Accepting a Proposal, Concluding Negotiations and more.

Negotiation Phrases and Vocabulary in Business English

Welcoming and Establishing a Rapport

  • It’s my pleasure to welcome you to …
  • I would like to welcome you to …
  • Is this your first visit to …?
  • Did you have a good journey?

Setting the Negotiation Agenda

  • I would like now to begin by suggesting the following agenda.
  • To start with, I think we should establish the overall procedure
  • Is this okay with you?

Negotiation Phrases for Making Proposals

  • We’d like to propose that …
  • We propose / suggest …
  • Regarding your proposal, our position is …
  • How do you feel about …

Responding to Suggestions

  • Maybe it would be better to …
  • Perhaps a better idea would be …
  • May we offer an alternative? We propose that …
  • From where we stand, a better solution might be …

Agreeing – Reacting to a Negotiation Proposal

  • I think we can both agree that…
  • I agree with you on that point.
  • I think that would be acceptable.

Negotiation Phrases for Objecting

  • That’s not exactly how I look at it.
  • If you look at it from my point of view…
  • I have some reservations about that…
  • From my perspective…
  • I’m afraid we couldn’t agree to that…

Giving a Reason in Negotiations

  • The reason for that is …
  • This is because …

Prioritising Interests

  • The most important issue for us is …
  • Our intention is …
  • Our main priority is …
  • We might like to …

Giving Clarification in Negotiations

  • If I understood you correctly …
  • Are you suggesting that …
  • Do you mean …
  • What exactly do you mean by …?
  • I’m not sure I fully understand your point.
  • Could you clarify one point for me?
  • Could you be more specific?
  • Can we summarize your position up to this point?
  • Am I right in thinking that …?

Negotiation Phrases for Compromising

  • If you were prepared to …, we might be able to…
  • We are ready to accept your offer; however, there would be one condition.
  • Would you be willing to accept a compromise?
  • In return for this, would you be willing to …?

Accepting a Negotiation Proposal

  • This agreement is acceptable to us.
  • I think we have reached an agreement here.
  • That sounds reasonable.
  • I think we have a deal.
  • I believe we have an agreement.
  • I can agree to that.

Negotiation Phrases for Concluding

  • Let’s just summarise our agreement?
  • I think you’ve covered everything.
  • Let’s just confirm the details, then.
  • Have I left anything out?

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Marin Valchev
Marin Valchev
Marin Valchev, PMP is an IT Project Manager with more than 10 years of experience. He implements cutting-edge technology in a wide-range of Financial and TELCO companies in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Marin shares his knowledge of software, analysis, project management and other business areas.