There are few skills more useful in business and in life than the ability to negotiate. That being said, many people don't enjoy it and few people do it well.  

These seven books will provide you with the mindset and techniques to negotiate fairly and achieve the proverbial win-win agreement:

1. Getting to Yes

Subtitle: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In

Authors: Roger Fisher, William L. Ury and Bruce Patton

Best Quote: "The method of principled negotiation developed at the Harvard Negotiation Project is to decide issues on their merits rather than through a haggling process focused on what each side says will and won't do. It suggests that you look for mutual gains whenever possible, and that where your interests conflict, you should insist that the results be based on some fair standard independent of the will of either side. The method of principled negotiation is hard on the merits, soft on the people. It employs no tricks and no posturing. Principled negotiation shows you how to obtain what you are entitled to and still be decent. It enables you to be fair while protecting you against those who would take advantage of your fairness."

2. What Every BODY is Saying

Subtitle: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People

Authors: Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins

Best Quote: "Nonverbal communication, often referred to as nonverbal behavior or body language, is a means of transmitting information-just like the spoken word-except it is achieved through facial expressions, gestures, touching (haptics), physical movements (kinesics), posture, body adornment (clothes jewelry, hairstyle, tattoos, etc.), and even the tone, timbre, and volume of an individual's voice (rather than spoken content). Nonverbal behaviors comprise approximately 60 to 65% of all interpersonal communication."

3. Venture Deals

Subtitle: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist

Authors: Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson

Best Quote: "Don't put yourself in a position where are you can be held hostage by angels. They are important, but they are rarely any position to determine the company's direction. If your angel group is a small, diffuse List of friends and family, consider setting up a special-purpose limited partnership controlled by one of them as a vehicle for them to invest. Chasing down 75 signatures when you want to do a financing or sell the company is not fun. Also, true friends and family need special care. Make sure they understand up front that (1) they should think of their investment as a lottery ticket, and (2) every time they see you at a holiday or birthday party is not an investor relations meeting."

4. Getting Past No

Subtitle: Negotiating in Difficult Situations Paperback - January 1, 1993

Author: William Ury

Best Quote: "We may all be negotiators, yet many of us don't like to negotiate. We see negotiation as stressful confrontation. We see ourselves faced with an unpleasant choice. If we are"soft" in order to preserve the relationship, we end up giving up our position. If we are "hard" in order to win our position, we strain the relationship or perhaps lose it altogether. There is an alternative: joint problem-solving. It is neither exclusively soft nor hard, but a combination of each. It is soft on the people, hard on the problem. You jointly attack the problem. Instead of glowering across the table, you sit next to each other facing your common problem. In short, you turn face-to-face confrontation into side-by-side problem solving."

5. Kiss, Bow, Or Shake Hands

Subtitle: The Bestselling Guide to Doing Business in More Than 60 Countries

Authors: Terri Morrison and Wayne A. Conaway

Best Quote: "Communication always takes place between individuals, not cultures. Few individuals are perfect representations of their culture. Citizens of the united States of America are generally known for addressing one another by first names, a habit that most of the world does not follow. However there are many US citizens who are more comfortable with formality, and prefer to use last names and titles. This does not make them any less like US citizens. It just makes than individuals."

6. Bargaining for Advantage

Subtitle: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People

Author: G. Richard Shell

Best Quote: "We confront a complex world of negotiations with banks, stores, hotels, airlines, credit card companies, healthcare institutions, and the other services that govern our day-to-day lives. In the industrialized countries, many of these consumer negotiations are mediated by markets and we pay prices that are marked or printed on tags. As American consumers are rapidly learning, however, there is often a lot more room to negotiate with hospitals, department stores, and other service providers than we once thought. The norm of "customer satisfaction" often means there is one price marked on a price tag for those who wish to pay it-and another, lower one for those who wish to negotiate."

7. Getting More

Subtitle: How You Can Negotiate to Succeed in Work and Life

Author: Stuart Diamond

Best Quote: "First, be dispassionate; emotion destroys negotiations. You was forced yourself to be calm. Second, prepare, even for five seconds. Collect your thoughts. Third, find the decision-maker. Fourth, Focus on your goals, not who is right. Fifth, make human contact. And finally, acknowledge the other party's position and power, valuing them. If you do, they will often use their authority to help you achieve your goals."