The Last Gasp Hail Mary Negotiating Technique

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
This technique is not ideal. It may have consequences after you join AND if you want this job and have reached an impasse, try it!

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I want to talk with you about a negotiating technique. I’m going to call it the last gasp Hail Mary, negotiating approach, negotiating technique. And it really is. It’s not ideal. Hopefully you’ve gotten to a point in your conversations where the two of you have come to a mutual agreement. But if they’re laying pressure, this isNegotiating really the last gasp.

So here’s what you say. ‘My wife, husband, partner, they/them won’t sign off on my taking this offer. They just think it’s too low.’ Or ‘there’s a mentor or coach that I work with. They won’t affirm that I should take this offer because they think the money is too low.’

Now, why do I say this is a last gasp, because you’re not being the decider. You’re outsourcing the image of this to someone else. I’m not saying that they actually did this. But you’re saying to the employer, that they did this. And thus the employer can respond by saying, ‘Don’t make your own decisions.’

‘I like you probably have trusted advisors that I rely upon. And my wife, husband, partner, my mentor, my coach, my whoever it is that you’ve represented to this organization is someone I rely upon who has my interests at heart. So I’ll just simply say, I’d like to say yes. If we can get to this number, I’d really appreciate it. They’ll sign off. I’ll commit to joining.’

You see what I mean? Not ideal. It’s basically a begging approach, which I’m never fond of. AND it may scar you a little bit at the beginning of joining an organization. But what’s more important to you– ego, image, money? Your choice. I’m not telling you to do this, but it’s an option. If you’d really like to join this may be a way to get the money that you want.

I hope you found this helpful. I’m Jeff Altman. My website is If you go there and go to the blog, there’s a ton there that will help you around job search, hiring better, management, leadership, career transition, and resolving workplace issues.

Also, connect with me on Linkedin at But either way, on my website, there’s a ton of information in the blog, you can schedule time for a coaching session with me. You can find out about my courses, books and guides.

Have a terrific day and most importantly, be great!

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. He is hired to provide No BS Career Advice globally. That can involve job search, hiring staff, management, leadership, career transition and advice about resolving workplace issues. Schedule a discovery call at my website,

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