10 TV characters to channel when negotiating your pay

There are many ways to take on a pay negotiation, but if you’re not 100% sure on the best approach, we’ve pulled together a list of on-point and inspirational TV characters we reckon you could channel. Whether or not you pick one and roll with that, or mix and match to find the perfect balance, either way we know you’re gonna rock that conversation – good luck!

Sherlock Holmes – Sherlock

Value your intellect, and trust the ability to use it. You’ve got the brains, now be a bit of a show-off and flaunt those gifts.

Carrie Bradshaw – Sex and the City

Dress the part, and do it damn well.

Michael Scott - The Office

Never underestimate the power of pure, unadulterated confidence. Also remember that loyalty, passion, and care for your workmates are all great values that are likely to get you a lot of success in life. If all else fails, parkour your way out of there and leave them wanting more.

Lorelai Gilmore – Gilmore Girls

She’s quick as a whip with snappy banter up the wazoo, and taught us that everyone loves charm. Bring your dazzling wit, your A-game, a cup of coffee, and a lot of energy. Industrial forklift for emotional baggage can be left at reception.

Bran Stark - Game of Thrones

Play hard to get.

Aurther Fonzereli - Happy Days

So we know we’re digging up the archives a little here, but you can’t deny that going with the flow is damn valuable. Staying cool in the face of things you can’t control will make your life easier, more enjoyable, and give you an awesome rep. Fonzie had it down, and so can you.

Dawson Leery - Dawson's Creek

If things don’t go well and you end up (accidentally, or on purpose) going down the tears route, at least do it with comedic value.

June Osbourne - The Handmaid's Tale 

A little eye contact goes a long way to showing you’re confident, taking things seriously, and are engaged in the conversation. Please note, we absolutely do not recommend doing it with this much intensity. It will not go well. 

Phoebe Buffay - Friends

You’re the only you, so remind everyone what you bring to the table that no one else can offer. Think unique thoughts, and the universe will deliver.