Mr. Smyth: Eddie, allow me to talk you through the ins and outs of getting a lady into the boudoir.
First of all, the needs to be the initial approach. You first decide on which asset you want to get your hands on and after you have spotted something that makes your stock value rocket, you make your initial approach with your first offer.
If your target acquisition refuses the first offer, then you need to go back and do some homework to see what you can do to coax a different decision from them. As this is not the case with you, we can just skip to the next stage.
This is where you need to start negotiating. This can be done via a variety of methods. Either way, it's not about the amount of meetings - it's about the business proposals you out forward during those meetings and whether the other party becomes more interested. If you show something that piques their interest, then you're on to a winner.
Once the deal has been agreed and signed by both parties, it is up to you to do the leg work. A lot of the time it will be time consuming and often, with regards to stakeholders to want to refuse the offer, you may have to partake in a hostile takeover. No matter how you get there, just make sure you cherish every moment as this may be the last business you take over and there is no better feeling.
And that...well that's what's best, for business.