Steps for Negotiation Select a time and place suited to working out problems. Arrange to meet when you are calm, not impatient or rushed. Choose a quiet meeting place. Work together toward a solution. Do not approach the other person as an enemy. Instead, work together to reach a solution. Keep an open mind. Remember that there are two sides to every story. Listen carefully to what the other person has to say. Be flexible. Be willing to meet the other person halfway.