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There's no denying the gender pay gap. It's there: The average pay for a man, the average pay for a woman, and space between. The gap exists regardless of whether or not you believe it exists. Wage gap deniers don't deny the gap itself; they deny its significance. Women stay at home with children, so the numbers make sense, they say. Women don't negotiate, so of course there's a gap.

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It was my first meeting with a new potential client, and they tossed out a number. It was a good number, but I recently vowed to negotiate more. So I threw out a higher number, then held my breath through the awkward silence. I hate the anxiety-ridden, nerve-wracking process of negotiating, but here's why I've learned to embrace it despite the fact.

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If you're looking for a raise, or looking for a new job and dread the question "So how much are you looking to make?", you're walking into a minefield that could either result in you making a good, fair wage, or getting underpaid from the start. Here are some things to avoid when it's time to talk turkey.

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My Uncle Danny once helped me buy a new Corolla while I watched in awe. He was a relentless, negotiating beast. He threatened. He acted offended. He sat in silence and stared at the salesman. In the end, I paid nearly $5000 less than I expected. Negotiating is powerful. As a timid person, it's not something that comes easy for me, and it might not come easy for you. Here are some of the best ways to do it, even when you dread it.