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Negotiation Club

Our path to the world of negotiations

Why NC

S2S approach
NC is a student organization. We work and develop together with you, it's easy to join our friendly atmosphere
Emphasis on practical work with skills and tactics applicable in the world of negotiations
Combination of Moscow State Institute of IR negotiation school theoretical advances and practical experience of its alumni

What for

Negotiation Club — is your chance to improve yourself
Learn effective ways of achieving goals in negotiations
Gain self-confidence and new experience
Work with determined students
Contribute to your future career path

Future events

Learn, when and where you can challenge yourself next time
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Our participants' stories
Tamrat's story
1. How did you find your way to NC?

I'm a student of International Relations program. I first heard about Negotiation Club, when the organizer were preparing their first tournament. They showed me how everything works. This year has been more important. I took part in negotiations about Columbia in October. It was amazing. Lately I invited an Ethiopian ambassador and helped NC with that NAW* event. It was quite nerve breaking, but at the same time I couldn't believe he had said yes. Generally it was an exciting experience!

*NAW, Negotiations around the World - one of NC's courses

2. Why is such participation important to you?

It's important, because I am really looking forward to working in the sphere of diplomacy and, maybe later, in governments. I consider, when you are a diplomat, negotiation is the main thing you have to face every day. And in Negotiation Club I can learn, how to negotiate, how to achieve my goals and many other useful things. Most of our work here is practical, which means always a unique experience of interaction with different people, looking how all these things work.

3. What difficulties did you face while taking part in NC's events?

I didn't know how to negotiate at all at first, honestly. So that was a tough time. However, then again and again, when you realize that for some other participants it's new as well, the process is becoming fun. Eventually, thanks to the organizers, you gradually learn how it works together with other participants. Probably, that fact makes the whole process interesting.

4. What skills do you need to be good at negotiations?

You need the ability to convey your message clearly and, for sure, to read other people' messages, what they want and what you can get from them, not in a negative way, definitely to be compassionate, to work together with others.
Kamila's story
1. Tell me about yourself. What's your story?

My story is quite simple. When I graduated from my school, I was searching for a university that could give me an opportunity to study Maths and languages at the same time and International Economic Relations faculty at MGIMO came out to be a perfect solution. As for NC, when one of the founders of NC told me about the club and I showed some interest in it, he invited me to be one of the organizers of the club. After several months I was responsible for the economic division of the club and during one year was conducting two courses within the club.

2. Why is it important to you?

NC is something unique for MGIMO. Provided international orientation of our university, there is a necessity for every student to acquire an ability to reach agreements. Although this skill is very important, there are very few courses on negotiations at the university. NC is covering this gap so I have always known that I was doing something important.

Moreover, I believe that a person should always work to improve himself. In NC I had my own courses, events, met new people, learned a lot and tried to teach our participants all I know. This experience of organizing lessons was a huge lesson for me as well.

3. What difficulties did you face when first started cooperating with NC?

Any teamwork means difficulties. You have to cooperate and make something together. You always have to look for a compromise. But the result is magnificent, because the collaboration of several minds gives a great result. But you must always hear each other otherwise nothing will work.

4. What helps you to do your job brilliantly?

Any work that should be done brilliantly is hard work. I prepare several hours and, for example, one course I did, "Principles of negotiations", was lots of work. Another compound of success is being cheerful and making interesting cases, because people are fed up with boring courses. I tried to "gamify" every process during the classes so that everyone was engaged during the lessons.

5. Tell me about your experience in negotiating

My negotiating experience started from my childhood, when I've often made up quarrels between my friends and have usually managed to find a compromise. While studying at university, I had some negotiations/interviews for places in educational programs – these are the negotiations when you try to sell yourself. And of course I read a lot of specialized literature on negotiations to prepare the lessons.

I don't think any of us at this age have lots of professional negotiations. But I believe that the best learning is by doing so while holding the lessons I learn too and I think that it is great.

6. We are all here to work on ourselves and improve the quality of our skills, maybe seek and find some new talents in ourselves. What is a self-victory for you?

Self-victory for me is when I do something I don't want to do. Moreover, there are so many things that attract our attention, and it's really hard to concentrate and do something from beginning to end despite some difficulties and distractions. When I achieve that - that's when I feel proud of myself.

7. What would you wish your future colleagues and participants?

I would of course wish you to be winners in any negotiations you have. Negotiations are a wonderful experience and it is usually crucial not to beat opponents during the talks but to establish mutually beneficial relations and become partners. After all, you are both working on the same problem, right?

Ilya's story
1. Tell me about yourself

In MGIMO I am a student of the faculty of International Affairs. Right when I was getting in NC, I decided that only studying is a boring and ineffective perspective. That's why I started looking for activities off my schedule and straight away I found a formed Negotiation Club community. It wasn't long enough before I started attending my first meetings of the political track and that'd how it all started..

2. Why is it important to you?

What guys do in Club combines actuality and interest. Negotiations today are very in demand in all spheres, that's why it's very exciting to understand the system from within. That pushed me towards organizing the work in the club, but mostly towards casewriting.

3. What difficulties did you face when first started cooperating with NC?

Casewriting* may seem easy at first sight. But in order to make a really qualitative case, it's necessary to take into consideration all the aspects of the problem from different points of view. For example, the case is connected to the budget of the Ministery of Healthcare - you must surf the Internet and find out about all of the financial programs, up to buying ropes.

*Ilya is talking about writing cases of a specific type, negotiation cases, which are used during NC events

4. What helps you to do your job brilliantly?

It's most rewarding, when the participants are interested. It's especially pleasing when during the negotiation the participants catch the peculiarities of the case, some "secret holes", that you had thought about during casewriting. Then you get that feeling that you are in the right direction.

5. Tell me about your own experience in negotiating

Unfortunately, I don't have professional experience in negotiating. But I think you can count appeals on academic competitions. I always left with added scores, although even experienced participants can say that it's pretty difficult and you must have certain skills to achieve that.

6. We are all here to work on ourselves and improve the quality of our skills, maybe seek and find some new talents in ourselves. What is a self-victory for you?

For me, self-victory is when something that you could only dream of comes true. No matter how simple that sounds. When your dreams come true you have faith in yourself, and that makes you even better. I really enjoyed creating a workshop on Swiss political negotiation. The challenge here was to have 30 people pretending to be Federal councilors from specific political parties. I remind that all but one (except me) had no idea of what Swiss politics are. There was a bit of work beforehand in preparing the cession and it worked great. Despite Swiss politicians usually being viewed as dull and uninteresting, I managed to have passionate talks on sometimes quite acute topics and everyone had fun. It was mission accomplished...

7. What would you wish your future colleagues and participants?

I want to wish my colleagues patience. NC needs commitment and great deal of positive emotions. Staying effective is our main aim and we must be dedicated to it.

I wish my colleagues to always work in a constructive and collegial way. The way I like conducting negotiations is the Swiss way, where we have a collegial government and that is what I wanted to share with my colleagues during my last event. We cannot always fight, we need to work together to build a better world.

Natasha's story
1. You and NC. What is your story?

My story is quite simple. I wanted to be involved in some kind of activity at my university. So I met one of the organizers, he was in search for team members and I wanted to become a part of it. That's how it all began. Initially, I was helping with event-management tasks, then I started organizing meetings myself. Now I am preparing my own course. This year I am going to start one in energetics.

2. Why is it important to you?

I like the sense of accomplishment and I always must be involved in some kind of a job that isn't just schoolwork. I like to communicate with chiefs, with stuff of the institution. I really feel part of the system. And that's important.

3. What difficulties did you face when first started cooperating with NC?

In MGIMO it's hard to meet the deadlines and also sometimes you can't attend all the lectures. But I try to participate as much as I can. It's essential, because it helps you, rather than it helps anyone else. You must have a strong desire to do something, because sometimes you feel like just reading a book at home. You don't want to go anywhere, so it's really just arguing with yourself – that's what's hard.

4. For example, to attend your courses do you need to have any specific knowledge?

You don't have to have specific knowledge, but, as almost everywhere, any additional background will be useful. In some cases it's better to know gas prices, current trends in energetics; sure, it's always a plus to be up to date with news.

5. Tell me about your experience in negotiating

Well, I had political debates experience in school. We tried to agree or disagree with teams. And we had arguments, had to find a solution. In MGIMO I was taking part in ICM* activities, but you probably didn't even hear about it, because it wasn't popular enough and is closed now.

*former International Club MGIMO

6. We are all here to work on ourselves and improve the quality of our skills, maybe seek and find some new talents in ourselves. What is a self-victory for you?

MGIMO is my family and bringing a sense of us being a family in NC is something I want to achieve desperately. If I can, that'll be my self-victory.

7. What would you wish your future colleagues and participants?

Keep going! Don't be afraid to show your knowledge, to communicate, to share something new. Carpe diem.

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