Want a raise? Well apparently one of the best ways to ask is to make a joke, and then ask for an INSANE amount of money.
It has to do with a technique called “anchoring,” where you start with a higher number than you actually expect to get.
The reason it works is because if you throw out a crazy high number, that number that you’re hoping to get doesn’t seem so high anymore.
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. That’s almost 10% which is huge!
So when you’re asking for that raise, just be honest and say that you want a million dollars right then, and your boss will probably give you a higher raise!