Negotiation: Because You're Worth It

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Scheduled: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 1:30 – 2:15pm in B302/303


There's only one person who wins when you don't negotiate, and it's not you. But, as any logician will tell you, that doesn't tell us about what happens when you do negotiate. I'm here to help!


Come on, who likes having to negotiate? (Well, when you put it like that!)

Actually, I love negotiating, and I’m here to teach you a skill that can not only become great fun with a bit of practice, it can help you get more out of all of your relationships: whether work, open source, or personal!

We’ll look at what negotiation actually means, ways to approach it collaboratively, and how to make sure everyone comes out ahead. There’ll be some practical exercises, and plenty of homework!

Speaking experience

I've spoken at conferences around the world, from Open Source Bridge to OSCON, KiwiFOO to LCA. I'm comfortable in formats from keynotes to Ignite, BarCamp to workshop. Not enough conferences video their talks, but you can see me speaking at LCA here:


  • Noirin

    Noirin Plunkett

    The Apache Software Foundation


    Noirin Plunkett is a jack of all trades, and a master of several. A technical writer by day, her open source work epitomizes the saying “if you want something done, ask a busy person”.

    Noirin got her open source start at Apache, helping out with the httpd documentation project. Within a year, she had been recruited to the conference planning team, which she now leads. She was involved in setting up the Community Development project at Apache, has previously acted as Org Admin for the Google Summer of Code (with more than 40 students!), and continues to contribute to projects as diverse as Infrastructure and Incubator. She sits on the boards of both the Apache Software Foundation and the Open Cloud Initiative.

    At home in Ireland, Noirin was a volunteer with the St John Ambulance – since moving to Switzerland, she’s had to find new ways to help save the world. Happily, open source has opened more than just technical doors, and when Christchurch suffered a devastating earthquake earlier this year, Noirin’s knowledge of OS disaster management software meant she could quickly step up to co-ordinate the night shift of volunteers working on the Christchurch Recovery Map at .

    When she’s not online, Noirin’s natural habitat is the dance floor, although she’s also a keen harpist & singer, and an excellent sous chef!