Skills of the Future: Persuasion and Negotiation

Skills Of The Future: Persuasion And Negotiation

In our last article, Skills-Based Hiring & Top 15 Skills Of The Future, we looked at how forward-thinking companies are shifting to skills-based hiring in order to build a more agile, diverse, and adaptive workforce that aligns closely with the evolving needs of the modern workplace.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll take a deep dive into the human-centric skills that will be vital in the future workforce and how you can develop them to be at the top of your game and stand out from the crowd and get recruited!

Persuasion and Negotiation


In this article we take a look at why Persuasion and Negotiation are vital skills for the workforce of tomorrow.

Navigating Complexity

With rising automation, future jobs will involve more complexity, creativity, problem-solving and human interaction. Persuasion and negotiation allow workers to be adaptable, address ambiguities, and deliver value. These skills will be essential in roles where human judgment, influence, and collaboration are key. Sales, management, leadership, and various interpersonal roles will rely heavily on persuasion and negotiation.

Remote Collaboration

Remote and hybrid work is growing. Without body language cues, workers will need sharp communication skills to connect, align priorities, and influence outcomes with remote colleagues.

Decision-Making Autonomy

As rigid hierarchies flatten, workers at all levels will increasingly negotiate goals, resources, budgets. They’ll need persuasion abilities to justify decisions. As technology advances, ethical considerations become more complex. Jobs involving ethical decision-making, compliance, and responsible innovation will be in demand.


With more gig work and transferred HR duties, workers must advocate for themselves – pitching clients, negotiating fair compensation, marketing abilities. In this evolving landscape, workers indeed need to take a proactive approach to advocate for themselves and Persuasion and Negotiation will take centre stage in workers’ key skills.

Lifelong Reskilling

Workers must articulate their value and growth potential to employers and negotiate personalized training as jobs rapidly evolve. In a rapidly evolving job market, the ability to articulate value and negotiate personalized training is a valuable skill. It not only contributes to individual career growth but also aligns with the strategic interests of organizations aiming to stay competitive in dynamic industries.

The future will demand agility, self-direction and influencing skills from every worker. Organizations should invest now in developing persuasion and negotiation strengths company-wide. These human capabilities will drive resilience and growth.

In the next article in this series, we’ll take a look at systems analysis and evaluation skills that hiring managers should be looking for to shape a workforce that is equipped to thrive in the future. is a specialist recruitment consultancy and event organiser. We operate major recruitment fairsonline virtual recruitment events, the Tech Careers Expo, and Biz Expo Ireland.

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