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Smart, Pretty & Awkward

How to be Smarter: Great, super easy tip on how to bike in a skirt.

How to be Prettier: SP&A Exclusive Discount Code: With the promo code “SP&ALOVE ″ SP&A readers get 15% off (including sale styles!) at Moorea Seal. I asked Moorea Seal for a discount code for SP&A readers because I absolutely love their cell phone cases - I have their Lemon and Honey iPhone case and probably get more comments on it than anything I’ve ever owned. Enjoy! [Expires on 9/30/14].

How to be (less) Awkward: Easy way to link directly to a specific spot in a YouTube video.

July 23, 2014

You can read this week’s Parade column, on a baby step to solo networking and more, here.

xo, Molly

July 21, 2014

I’ve been honored to be the Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee for Forty Women To Watch Over 40 for the past two years. The annual list celebrates women over 40 who are changing the world in amazing ways.

We just announced the 2014 list of honorees, and it is an excellent resource to look at to find career inspiration and strong female role models.

You can check out the 2014 honorees here.

xo, Molly

July 17, 2014

How to be Smarter: If you want to be more of a reader but are unsure where to start, think about the kind of content you gravitate towards elsewhere. Do you love action movies? Try reading a thriller. Is the History Channel always on at your house? Try a historical fiction novel. Only like to read fashion magazines? Try a biography of Coco Chanel. The subject matter that interests you in one medium usually interests you in books, too.

How to be Prettier: When taking photos, put your arms slightly away from your body – a small space between your torso and upper arm creates a less “blocky” appearance in photos.

How to be (less) Awkward: Most office meetings start on the hour or half-hour. If you are stopping by someone’s office unannounced, try to avoid doing it at :25 or :55 as those are the times that you are most likely to be hurried through your conversation so the other person can make a meeting.

This was originally written for Parade magazine; you can read all my Parade columns here. xo, Molly

July 14, 2014

How to be Smarter: When sending an email to someone you do not know, your name alone might not catch their eye in their inbox. For this reason, make sure the email subject line is special enough that your email will get read. Mentioning something specific they have created or done (“Inspired By Your June 30 Blog Post” or “Was in Audience at Yesterday’s Talk”) or name-droping a mutual connection (“From Molly Ford’s Friend”) in the subject line is more likely to get your email read that “Hello”, “Connecting” or something similarly generic.

How to be Prettier: Love this piece on paintbrushes, bodies, and masterpieces.

How to be (less) Awkward: Hate networking, dating or other social events? Change your password to “ILuvNetworking,” “datingisfun” or “SmallTalkIsEasy.” Because change your password, change your life!

P.S. I was so excited to be interviewed by Happy and Heartworking about working in marketing and blogging – you can read the interview here. xo, Molly

July 8, 2014
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