2018 will soon become a history to remember. Just about hours away to meet a fresher year, we have to admit that a lot of events had occurred during the past 12 months. One of the most memorable events is the surprising result of the 14th General Election in Malaysia. The world was in shock after the mass majority of Malaysian voters elected once again Tun Dr. Mahathir as their 7th Prime Minister. But that was not the most shocking news to the world. What shocked them the most is that the transition of power went smoothly well, and the world’s oldest premier has now become the permanent newsmaker.

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Football (or soccer in American) is one of the most popular sports in the world. Every four years, all eyes are glued to TV screen at home, watching their favourite world-class teams and players play. World Cup is undoubtedly the most entertaining tournament in the history of sports and football!

But what we do not know is that, somehow, football has ‘a positive correlation with the oil and gas industry‘. Yes, believe it or not, it is true!

Deep in our hearts, we want to be like “them“. We want to be like “that person” who keeps “winning” the deal. Someone who manages to get the job done in any negotiation, be it purchasing a new car at a gallery or bargaining used items at Mudah.my[1] site. It is a well-known fact that negotiation is the key to success. We even have to negotiate with our children on many occasions! That shows how important the negotiation skill in our life.

In reality – negotiation is not an easy feat. I bet that even a seasoned negotiator would not know whether they can achieve a desirable result before entering the battle-field. Leaders often disguise their fear when negotiating despite their stature and position. There is no doubt that a winning-negotiator can be an important asset for most organisations, especially in the era of economic turbulence. Only the best shall win and survive. We need to get everything at a bargain! Even millionaires do need the best deal, right?