When negotiating a deal for any reason, it's vital to know the person you're going to be discussing money with. Especially if you have good leverage.
once asked her stingy Madam for a pay raise.
The Madam was noticeably very upset about this and asked: “Now Maria, why do you want an increase?” as a means to negotiate the maid to a lesser amount.
Maria: “Well Madam, there are three reasons why I want an increase. The first is that I iron better than you.”
Her Madam asked crossly: “Who said you iron better than me?”
Maria: “The Master said so.”
Maria: “The second reason is that I am a better cook than you.”
Her Madam retorted, clearly annoyed: “Nonsense, who said you were a better cook than I am?”
Maria: “The Master did, Madam.”
Maria, not letting go of the opportunity: “My third reason is that I am a better lover than you.”
Asked Madam, very upset now: “Oh! And did the Master say so as well?”
Said Maria nonchalantly:
“No Madam, the chauffeur did.”
Maria got a generous pay raise with benefits and additional days off provided she kept this information to herself, teaching us the subtle art of contract negotiations and knowing your target intimately.
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