As a researcher, you need to be able to (dare to) negotiate with different stakeholders in different circumstances, giving direction to different kinds of behaviour from people with different personalities. This workshop focuses on the interdependence of all parties involved and on how to increase the chance on getting to a real win-win situation by building up a negotiation in different phases.

The workshop is ran by Wendy Van den Bulck (True Colours) and zooms in on the following topics:

  • 'Solutions Focus' as basic communication paradigm (with explicit focus on negotiating),
  • identifying interaction patterns and how you contribute to these patterns (with explicit focus on negotiating),
  • changing undesired interaction patterns,
  • active listening,
  • assertiveness,
  • identifying negotiation partners and how to strengthen cooperation with them,
  • heading for a win-win: structure of a negotiation (phases),
  • preparing a negotiation,
  • going through the different phases of a negotiation,
  • dealing with manipulation.

There will be use of interactive teaching, experiential exercises, self-reflection, and exchanging and learning from each other (plenary and in subgroups). The different phases of the negotiation process are built up, explored and practised by means of a recognizable case worked on by the whole group. In addition, there is practising in simulations based on participants’ cases (which will be asked for in an intake questionnaire) to ensure maximal transfer to the own work context. When organized online, an interactive learning environment will be ensured with a big focus on bringing tools and insights into practice.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this training, you will be able to...

  • see the difference between conflict styles and their impact on the negotiation,
  • identify your negotiation partners and hence to strengthen your cooperation with your negotiation partners by focusing on what is needed,
  • prepare a negotiation thoroughly and in a structured way,
  • take the initiative to go through the negotiation in a structured way and to lead your negotiation partner through the different phases of a negotiation,
  • choose deliberately how to act and respond to others, rather than reacting impulsively,
  • deal with difficulties (manipulation, emotions, unclarity,…) in a solution focused way.


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current workshop, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • interpersonal competences:
    • assertiveness
    • negotiation
    • oral communication
    • persuasion
    • stakeholder awareness
  • personal effectiveness:
    • flexibility
    • self-confidence


For whom?

  • PhD students and postdocs
  • min 6, max 12 places available

When and where?

  • April 28 & May 04, 2021 - 9:00-16:00
  • This workshop will be organized digitally. You will receive the necessary details timely.


  • Registration is closed since April 06, 2021.
  • Please register only if you can attend both days. As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email in due time.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BSH: category 'career management & personal development' - workshop on personal development, OR category 'research management & communication skills' - workshop on communication skills (if you prefer the latter, please send an email to
  • DS HLS: category transferable skills - one compulsory elective course
  • DS ST: category 'career & personal development' - one workshop on personal development, OR category 'scientific & generic communication' - one workshop on generic communication (if you prefer the latter, please send an email to

What others say

Even if we try to avoid it, we are negotiating in our daily life anyhow. It was clarifying to learn how tiny changes in our words and sentences can turn a negative negotiation into a positive one. This workshop was a real opportunity to learn how to optimize my way of negotiating with people.
(participant in 2021)