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Is Deferring a Payment Always a Good Strategy to Maintain Leverage? Or Does It Signal Distrust in an Otherwise Good Relationship

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Absolutely, approaching things and people lower power is something I do very often.

Also, after the fake time constraint, also this line becomes more suspicious:

Would you like to get the payment out of the way now/soon?

The frame was a persuasive attempt for a "yes".

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Matthew Whitewood
Have you read the forum guidelines for effective communication already?

Yeah very suspicious, let me see how his service goes for the next few months :).

  • "I got your measure": the "lol, let's hope" sub-communicates "I saw your power move"
    • ... In a smooth way: it's friendly and low-power enough that it saves his face and power, and avoid escalations

It's a good middle ground between escalating / going assertive and totally pretending it didn't happen (just to make sure he doesn't think you're easy to manipulate).

Is "lol" important?
I suppose it kicks off the frame as humorous.
Takes the edge off.

"Let's hope" can work too but it's a bit too much on the serious side.

  • "I got leverage":

"I'm screwed" is a "joke by exaggeration" that shows the opposite.

You're not screwed in reality, so you sub-communicate: "I'll be fine either way, you need me as much as I need you"

I can see how this is different from the technique of agree & amplify.
Agree & amplify falls within the counterparty's frame.

Here it's not an agreement.
You set a new frame then amplify.

This new frame sidesteps the coach's implicit frame of

I set the deadline because I have what you need and hence leverage over you.

to your new frame of

I'll be fine either way, you need me as much as I need you

while using an exaggerating joking tone.

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