6 Simple Ways To Turn Yourself Into A Better Negotiator

Illustrated by Mary Galloway.
By Liz O'Donnell

Get That Money
After the Sony hack was heard 'round the world, Charlize Theron found herself in a position familiar to many women: She discovered that her male colleague made more than her.

According to The New York Post, the leaked emails exposed that Charlize was paid less than her co-star, Chris Hemsworth, for their movie, The Huntsman. So, the Oscar winner reportedly "insisted" that she be paid the same amount (an increase upwards of $10 million).

Negotiation is one of the most powerful yet underutilized skills a woman (or anyone) can develop. Whether you're asking for a raise, closing a deal, looking to telecommute, or dividing household duties, you need to know how to master it.

Here are six steps to becoming a more skillful negotiator, both in and out of the office.