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Jonathan McCallum on experiential marketing in a changing landscape

This week, host Mike Lander talks to Jonathan McCallum (SVP Managing Director UK & Norway, George P. Johnson) about the pandemic's impact on experiential marketing and how agencies adapted: building long-term client relationships, involving procurement, and effective negotiation strategies like understanding BATNA.

Ian Sohn on mastering the art of collaborative negotiations

This week, host Mike Lander talks to Ian Sohn (CEO North America, Iris) about the importance of collaboration; self-awareness, adaptability and strategic thinking in negotiations; and aiming for win-win outcomes and long-term partnerships.

Stephany Sperberg on building trust, adaptability, and strategic alignment in negotiations

This week, host Mike Lander talks to Stephany Sperberg (managing director, Hook) about flexibility, transparency, and openness in negotiations; understanding motivations and alignment; and adapting to changing circumstances and economic realities.

Flavilla Fongang - How personal branding establishes credibility with big brands.

This week, host Mike Lander talks to multi-award-winning serial entrepreneur and multilingual keynote speaker, Flavilla Fongang. Here they discuss the necessity of personal branding, the value of adaptability and flexibility, and why value creation and demonstrating expertise is so important.

Jeb Blount - How to balance value and relationships for successful outcomes

This week, host Mike Lander talks to author, motivational speaker, coach and successful sales executive, Jeb Blount (founder and CEO, Here they discuss the importance of effective selling and negotiation in the sales process, balancing relationships and content in negotiations, and techniques and strategies for successful negotiations.

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Katie Evans - The importance of communication and relationship building in negotiation

This week, host Mike Lander talks to Katie Evans (CMO, Burger King UK) about the importance of communication and relationship building, aligned objectives and mutual benefit, and learning from past experiences and preparation.

Simon Thomas - The role of cultural considerations in negotiations and marketing

In this episode, host Mike Lander speaks to Group M’s Simon Thomas about cultural considerations in negotiations and marketing, the evolving landscape and challenges in media procurement, and challenges and opportunities in the advertising industry.

Brent Adamson - What is the relationship between value management and negotiations?

This week, host Mike Lander sits down with researcher, presenter, thinker and author of ‘The Challenger Sale’, Brent Adamson (global head of research, advisory, and communities at Ecosystems). Here they discuss understanding value management in negotiations, achieving alignment among diverse stakeholders, and complexity in business.

Ben Allen - How to successfully negotiate media deals in today's landscape

Ben Allen is the head of trading and commercial strategy at ITV. Here he talks to host Mike Lander about his experience negotiating media deals, the importance of listening and being open to creative and alternative solutions, and why maintaining healthy business relationships is critical in media negotiations.

Matt Dixon – The buyer landscape in 2023 and how it affects negotiation

This week, host Mike Lander speaks to best-selling author and co-founder of DCM Insights, Matt Dixon – a sales anthropologist who uses data to understand the buyer landscape, and how sales teams are reacting to it. Here they how the buyer behavior maps onto negotiation, sales ‘ghosting’, and what the best salespeople do differently.

Eric Fulwiler – How to balance relationships and substance in business negotiations

How is negotiation like jazz? Can the procurement process be creative? Should businesses pay agencies to pitch? This week, host Mike Lander talks to Eric Fulwiler (co-founder and CEO, Rival) about all this and more. Discover the challenges faced by small agencies working with large clients, the power of collective bargaining to address unfair payment terms, and the importance of prioritizing long-term relationships over short-term gains.

Katy Howell - Why relationship-building with procurement is so important

Katy Howell (CEO, immediate future) has an unusual perspective on working with procurement. Instead of viewing them as the enemy, she sees them as human beings with feelings (say what?). Here, she talks to host Mike Lander about the importance of relationship building with procurement, influencer negotiations, and why it’s crucial to have a strong pipeline of clients in any negotiation.

Magid Souhami – How do you master the art of creative deal making?

Having led multimillion dollar negotiations for some of the biggest global brands and sporting events, Magid Souhami (CCO, Compliant and Founder of The Marketing Procurement Academy) is, above all else, “a deal maker”. Here he talks to host Mike Lander about value creation in marketing procurement, strategic and tactical approaches to negotiation, and the importance of long-term, mutually beneficial relationships between partners and suppliers.

Fred Moore - How to build strong relationships with clients and partners?

This week, host Mike Lander is joined by Fred Moore (COO, Matter Of Form). Here they talk about balancing short-term optimization with the bigger picture, promoting creativity and innovation in decision-making, and how to building strong relationships with clients and partners.

Gareth Turner - What is a BATNA in negotiation?

Baked beans on Weetabix anyone? Whatever your opinion on the recipe suggestion, you’re likely to have heard about it, thanks to Gareth Turner (founder and director, Big Black Door), who led on the ‘Beanz on Bix’ campaign in 2019. Here, Turner speaks to host Mike Lander about the value of having distinct roles in a negotiation, the leveraging power of BATNAs (best alternative to a negotiated agreement), and the importance of understanding which power dynamics are truly at play.

John Godfrey - How can niche providers demonstrate expertise in a negotiation?

John Godfrey (commercial executive director, Red Badger) may never have used his Education degree to teach, but the dotcom veteran can certainly school most on the art of niche-provider negotiation. Here he talks to host Mike Lander about the complexity of value-based pricing, how niche providers can avoid being commodified, and how they can effectively negotiate termination for convenience and IP rights.

Rob Halloway - How do you negotiate with multiple stakeholders?

Rob Halloway (Marketing Director at Mercedes-Benz Cars and Director at Mercedes-Benz World) began forging his negotiation skills in the 90s selling used trucks. Fast forward twenty-five years, and the marketing director is a master of multi-stakeholder negotiations across different European factions. Here he talks to host Mike Lander about finding the highest common denominator for all, the importance of unified, fair pricing, and why listening can be just as valuable a skill as negotiating itself.

How do you break a stalemate in negotiation?

It’s no surprise that Craig Letton (CEO, MRM Global) has a competitive nature. At the ripe age of 26, he took over his family printing business, transforming it into a marketing technology company on the world stage. But how do you break a negotiation stale-mate when you come up against an equally competitive buyer? Here, Craig talks to host Mike Lander about his easiest and toughest negotiations to date – from why selling Wrigley’s chewing gum was the easiest deal of his career, to the mistakes that led to a negotiation being stretched out for three years.

Emily Chang - What's the difference between client side and agency side negotiations?

When it comes to negotiations, CEO Emily Chang (McCann Worldgroup) has a rare perspective. Amassing 22 years of experience on the client side before migrating to the agency side, she’s seen the best and worst from both ends of the table. Here she talks to host Mike Lander about dealing with disproportionate relationships, whether pitching should be free, and how clients and agencies can align on what success looks like.

Tamara Littleton – How agencies can effectively negotiate with brands

Working with the likes of Oreo, Dr Pepper and Nissan, agency leader Tamara Littleton (Social Element) has negotiated with some of the biggest brands on the planet. Drawing on her 20 years of experience, Tamara talks to host Mike Lander about what collaborative negotiations mean in practice, why client feedback is crucial to building a successful relationship, and how to get rid of negotiation-anxiety.

Pete Markey - How to successfully navigate a third-party negotiation

How do you negotiate with a talent agent? It's something Boots' Pete Markey knows like the back of his hand. With over 25 years of experience, Pete has secured some of the world’s most recognizable names, including Robert Webb, David Schwimmer and Morgan Freeman. Here he talks to host Mike Lander about how to successfully conduct third-party negotiations, the importance of surrounding yourself with an A team, and why communication is key.

Dan Cullen-Shute – Why positive negotiations lead to positive outcomes

Is the mark of a good negotiation really that both parties walk away from the table slightly dissatisfied? White Crow’s and Creature of London's CEO & founder, Dan Cullen-Shute doesn’t think so. In this episode, Dan talks to host Mike Lander about the need to make negotiations a positive experience, the importance of setting ground-rules (and sticking to them), and why the marketing industry’s attitude towards procurement is self-defeating.

Penry Price – How can negotiators secure a win-win outcome?

What is a negotiation? Is it a game of tactics, where two parties compete to come out on top? Not according to LinkedIn’s vice president of marketing, Penry Price. In this first episode, Penry talks to Mike about how to navigate a win-win negotiation with a collaborative mind-set, helping both buyers and sellers increase the value-exchange and strengthen their relationship.

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