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DELEGATION TO THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Press and Information Officer
The European Union Delegation to Trinidad and Tobago is looking for an
experienced, dynamic and motivated Press and Information Officer to update
and implement the communications strategy of the European Union Delegation
and to enhance its visibility in the country. The Press and Information Officer will
be closely working with the Head of the Delegation. Routine tasks will include,
among others, media monitoring, the preparation of press statements and
strategic messages, speech and briefing writing and management of the
The job candidate should have the following qualifications and experiences:
• University degree (Master's level) in Communication, Journalism or similar
• At least 10 years professional experience in the relevant fields
• Good knowledge of the national and regional media landscape
• Knowledge of EU policies and institutional framework
• Team player and good inter-personal skills.
Work experience in development cooperation/international organisations will be
The European Union is an equal opportunity employer.
The detailed job description and conditions of employment can be requested
at the following e-mail address making reference to position P&I/LA/2014:
Only short listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.
The closing date for applications is 15 March, 2014
For more information on the activities of the EU in Trinidad and Tobago please
visit the website of the Delegation at http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/trinidad
Negotiation is defined as a dis-
cussion among individuals where
everyone contributes equally to
reach to a conclusion benefiting
all. Lot of factors influence the
process of negotiation, our emo-
tions being one of the major fac-
tors. Our mood decides a lot many
If one is in a happy mood,
everything seems perfect and good
to him. Individuals with a positive
attitude tend to trust each other
better. They take keen interest in
the negotiation and actively par-
ticipate in discussions. They try
their level best to come up with
a suggestion and contribute effec-
tively in the discussion. They do
not unnecessarily find faults in
other people and always try to
take things in a positive way.
A happy and a positive person
would always look forward
towards a concrete solution which
would benefit him as well as the
other party involved. Try to be
cheerful always. One looks his
best when he smiles.
Anger is one of the most neg-
ative emotions acting as a hurdle
to an effective negotiation. A person
loses control on his mind and is not
in a position to think constructively
in a state of anger. One s anger must
be kept under control for an effective
negotiation. Don t overreact on petty
issues. Anger only leads to conflicts
and misunderstandings and does not
solve any problem. An individual
should learn to keep a control on his
tongue. Don t say anything which
might hurt the other person. If you
are getting angry on someone, it s
always better to think something pleas-
ant; your anger would soon disappear.
Take a pause and think will this anger
One needs to be friendly with the
second party. Learn to trust him but
don t get too involved in friendships.
Everything has a limit and same goes
with friendship as well. The other per-
son might expect unnecessary favours
from your side.
Nadia knew Mac since childhood;
Mac was working with a retail outlet.
Nadia wanted to purchase some
clothes for herself and went straight
to Mac s outlet. Nadia and Mac were
child hood friends and thus Nadia
asked for more discounts as compared
to what originally is offered to the
other customers. Mac was bound by
the store policies but he could not
even refuse Nadia. He was really help-
less and could not manage to offer
Nadia the discounts she had quoted.
Nadia went back empty handed, the
negotiation was not at all fruitful and
no body gained anything out of it.
Friendship should be within a limit,
otherwise unrealistic expectations arise
which are a little difficult to fulfill.
Negotiations must be with a clear
and a tension free mind. A mind
clouded with tensions can t concen-
trate on anything and eventually one
loses focus. An individual s mind is
unable to take any decisions and he
finds it difficult to develop an interest
in the negotiation. We all know that
tensions come uninvited, but it would
be wise, if you keep the tensions on
the back burner for some time when
you are involved in negotiation.
One should be calm and composed.
Never lose your cool and shout on the
second party. Always ensure that you
are comfortable with the second party.
Don t take rash decisions and one
should not interfere while the other
person is speaking. Always analyse the
situation well and then only come to
any conclusion. One should try and
adopt a step by step approach. Don t
expect the result to come out within
a second. Take your time to convince
the other party but do not drag the
conversation too long. It becomes
monotonous and one tends to lose
Don t stress yourself at the time of
negotiation. Relax. Whatever has to
happen will definitely happen. Taking
stress does not help. It s better to relax
and let things happen on their own.
No one will kill you, if you are not
able to close the deal, there is always
another opportunity. Unnecessary
stress makes you feel nervous and you
tend to lose your confidence as well.
Take interest in the discussion. Don t
develop a laid back attitude. Be active
and participate willingly in the dis-
cussion. Don t sit in the negotiation
just because your boss has asked you
to do the same.
It s better to express your opinion
at the time of negotiation rather than
cribbing later. If you are not satisfied
with anything, express your displeas-
ure. If you feel you are not prepared
for the negotiation; it s better to post-
pone it, rather than attending it half-
heartedly and messing up things.
Avoid being clever. Don t try to fool
the other person. One should not fake
things or manipulate the truth. Tam-
pering data would only add to con-
fusions. Be honest in your dealings.
Never underestimate anyone. The sec-
ond party is also aware of what is hap-
pening around you and is well prepared
just like you.
Learn to compromise sometimes.
An individual must not be too rigid.
At times it s good to take the initiative
and be the first one to accept things.
One should avoid being adamant.
Being positive always helps. Negative
emotions only lead to negativity
around and trigger conflicts and mis-
understandings among individuals.
Fighting till date has never benefited
anyone; it simply adds on to one s
tensions and nullifies the effect of
Whenever you are going for any
negotiation make sure you are not in
a foul mood, otherwise you will def-
initely end up fighting with the other
person. One should not let his emo-
tions come in between negotiations.
Avoid being partial.
A deal is a deal whether it is with
a friend or with a stranger. Don t ignore
things just because you know the other
person well. It is always better to be
safe from the beginning than suffer
later. Paper work is important and the
documents must be signed in the pres-
ence of both the parties. Don t skip
agreements if you are dealing with
He will not feel bad; instead appre-
ciate your professional approach. Don t
mix your personal interests with your
professional life. Negotiation is just a
mere discussion to reach to a common
solution, nothing more. Don t treat it
as a battle field. Keep your emotions
under control and just be normal.
Role of emotions
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