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"Life Is a Game But Risk Is Serious!"
My father said: "You must never try to make all the money that's in a deal. Let the other fellow make some money too, because if you have a reputation for always making all the money, you won't have many deals."
Jean Paul Getty
After a lot of diplomacy and propaganda, you manage to get your opponent to the negotiation table. You make fantastic moves in the negotiation and manage to convince him to make a deal with you. So far you are very happy with the results. However, there is one issue left. How do you make sure that your Risk opponent will commit to what he just promised? Surely, after all the hard work, you don't want to see all your efforts going to waste. What should you say or do to put him under pressure, so that even the thought of quitting on you does not occur to him?
The 'follow through technique' can help you to achieve just this. This technique is universal and can be applied not just to Risk game, but also other everyday situations. What you need to do is to make sure, that your opponent feels comfortable and obliged to carry on with the deal. You need to create a moral dilemma for him. You should make him feel that he will loose sleep if he breaks the deal with you.
The following techniques can help you to achieve this:
Deal making should be considered in your overall Risk game strategy. Making a deal, breaking a deal and the potential risks associated with making deals should be aligned with your ultimate goal. You should only get involved in deals when you know you can afford the risk.
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Diplomacy is the art of restraining power.
Henry A. Kissinger