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Whether you're asking your boss for a raise or buying a new couch off Craigslist, the most common negotiation mistakes can cost you a lot of money. They can also compromise future opportunities to advance your career and get what you want. Yet since negotiating's not a skill that many of us are formally taught, a lot of us make these errors.
A lot of the negotiation mistakes people make involve not knowing their own worth. We may feel like we're imposing on someone by making ambitious requests. But as long as you're respectful, there's nothing wrong with aiming high and asking for something you may not (or even probably won't) get.
Unfortunately, women can be especially concerned about judgment when they negotiate, and they're not making it up: People really are more likely to view female negotiators negatively than they are to view men this way. Whether or not we negotiate is totally our call, and the decision may depend on what kind of reception we think we'll get. But if we do choose to negotiate, there are some ways to increase our chances of getting what we want — and some ways to sabotage them.
Here are some of the biggest mistakes people make when they negotiate, according to experts.