Want A Big Raise? Make A Joke And Ask For An Insane Amount of Money

Apparently one of the best ways to ask for a big raise and GET ONE is to start with a joke, where you ask for an INSANE amount of money, like a million bucks. 

It has to do with a technique called "anchoring," where you start with a higher number than you actually expect to get. 

Studies have found it even works if you got way over-the-top with it, because throwing out ANY high number makes your boss less likely to low-ball you. 

Plus it's a good ice-breaker.  So it also works if you're negotiating your salary in a job interview. 

A study in 2011 had a bunch of people interview for the same job that paid just over $30,000.  When people joked that they wanted a HUNDRED THOUSAND, the average offer they got was $35,385. 

When they DIDN'T, the average offer they got was about $3,000 less.  So almost a 10% difference.  

Source: New York Magazine

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