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Mutually Agree Agendas and Outcomes (MAAO) - 2024

May 10, 20242 min read

Giving people the ability to say, “No” more than DOUBLES the number of “Yeses” you’ll get.

(42 University Studies of over 22,000 participants)

The Power of "No" and Crystal Clear Communication: Building Rapport and Success with MAAOs

Harnessing the Language of Choice for Mutually Beneficial Outcomes

Imagine a world where "no" becomes a stepping stone to stronger relationships and more "yeses." Studies reveal that empowering people to say "no" actually doubles the number of "yeses" you'll receive! This shift in perspective forms the core of Mutually Agreed Agendas and Outcomes (MAAOs), a powerful communication tool that fosters trust, clarity, and efficiency in sales, leadership, and beyond.

MAAOs: A Framework for Success

MAAOs are like blueprints for productive interactions. When used effectively, they keep everyone on the same page, reduce pressure, and create a safe space for open communication. However, wielding them incorrectly can lead to strained relationships and wasted resources.

The key lies in prioritizing the other person's needs. Instead of focusing on "our time," reframe the conversation around "your time." This subtle shift in language demonstrates respect and acknowledges their valuable resources.

5 Guidelines for Effective MAAOs

  1. Make it about them: Focus on ensuring their time is well spent.

  2. Comfort over Mechanics: MAAOs are a conversation starter, not a rigid checklist.

  3. Set the Stage, Don't Control: Foster open communication, not manipulation.

  4. Mindset over Technique: Embrace "no" as a natural part of the process.

  5. Crystal Clarity: Pin down details like phone numbers, dates, and next steps.

Benefits of a MAAO

Benefits of Flawless MAAOs

By implementing MAAOs, you unlock a treasure trove of advantages:

  • Build Rapport: Transparency creates trust and allows the other person to know what to expect.

  • Embrace "No": Saying "no" becomes a comfortable option, eliminating pressure.

  • Structure for Success: MAAOs provide a roadmap for meetings and sales processes, leading to faster results.

  • No More "Think It Overs": Clear expectations eliminate ambiguity and encourage a definitive "yes" or "no."

  • Reduced Pressure: Both parties feel less stressed, leading to more productive interactions.

Building a Sample MAAO

Let's see how this framework translates into action:

  1. Mutual Agreement: Approach the conversation with a collaborative mindset.

  2. Agenda (Theirs & Yours):

  • Time & Topics: "We had an hour blocked off to discuss widgets. Does that still work for you?"

  • Their Priorities: "What aspects of widgets are most important for you to discuss in this hour?"

  • Your Focus: "I may have some questions to better understand your needs. Is that okay?"

  1. Outcomes:

  • "No" is an Option: "By the end, you'll know if further widget discussions are beneficial. Don't hesitate to say no if it doesn't feel right."

  • "Yes" Leads to Action: "If further discussion is valuable, let's schedule our next meeting."

  • "Maybe" is Clarified: "Let's avoid the 'think it over' limbo. Saying 'no' is honest and appreciated."

By incorporating these principles, you can leverage the power of "no" to build stronger relationships, achieve crystal-clear communication, and ultimately, achieve greater success in your interactions.

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Robert Johnson

Founder of Bold Networking, BoldOS Sales Training, and Top Producer Intensive

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Mutually Agree Agendas and Outcomes (MAAO) - 2024

May 10, 20242 min read

Giving people the ability to say, “No” more than DOUBLES the number of “Yeses” you’ll get.

(42 University Studies of over 22,000 participants)

The Power of "No" and Crystal Clear Communication: Building Rapport and Success with MAAOs

Harnessing the Language of Choice for Mutually Beneficial Outcomes

Imagine a world where "no" becomes a stepping stone to stronger relationships and more "yeses." Studies reveal that empowering people to say "no" actually doubles the number of "yeses" you'll receive! This shift in perspective forms the core of Mutually Agreed Agendas and Outcomes (MAAOs), a powerful communication tool that fosters trust, clarity, and efficiency in sales, leadership, and beyond.

MAAOs: A Framework for Success

MAAOs are like blueprints for productive interactions. When used effectively, they keep everyone on the same page, reduce pressure, and create a safe space for open communication. However, wielding them incorrectly can lead to strained relationships and wasted resources.

The key lies in prioritizing the other person's needs. Instead of focusing on "our time," reframe the conversation around "your time." This subtle shift in language demonstrates respect and acknowledges their valuable resources.

5 Guidelines for Effective MAAOs

  1. Make it about them: Focus on ensuring their time is well spent.

  2. Comfort over Mechanics: MAAOs are a conversation starter, not a rigid checklist.

  3. Set the Stage, Don't Control: Foster open communication, not manipulation.

  4. Mindset over Technique: Embrace "no" as a natural part of the process.

  5. Crystal Clarity: Pin down details like phone numbers, dates, and next steps.

Benefits of a MAAO

Benefits of Flawless MAAOs

By implementing MAAOs, you unlock a treasure trove of advantages:

  • Build Rapport: Transparency creates trust and allows the other person to know what to expect.

  • Embrace "No": Saying "no" becomes a comfortable option, eliminating pressure.

  • Structure for Success: MAAOs provide a roadmap for meetings and sales processes, leading to faster results.

  • No More "Think It Overs": Clear expectations eliminate ambiguity and encourage a definitive "yes" or "no."

  • Reduced Pressure: Both parties feel less stressed, leading to more productive interactions.

Building a Sample MAAO

Let's see how this framework translates into action:

  1. Mutual Agreement: Approach the conversation with a collaborative mindset.

  2. Agenda (Theirs & Yours):

  • Time & Topics: "We had an hour blocked off to discuss widgets. Does that still work for you?"

  • Their Priorities: "What aspects of widgets are most important for you to discuss in this hour?"

  • Your Focus: "I may have some questions to better understand your needs. Is that okay?"

  1. Outcomes:

  • "No" is an Option: "By the end, you'll know if further widget discussions are beneficial. Don't hesitate to say no if it doesn't feel right."

  • "Yes" Leads to Action: "If further discussion is valuable, let's schedule our next meeting."

  • "Maybe" is Clarified: "Let's avoid the 'think it over' limbo. Saying 'no' is honest and appreciated."

By incorporating these principles, you can leverage the power of "no" to build stronger relationships, achieve crystal-clear communication, and ultimately, achieve greater success in your interactions.

Training Topic Discussion Video

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Robert Johnson

Founder of Bold Networking, BoldOS Sales Training, and Top Producer Intensive

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