Molly Ford's
Smart, Pretty & Awkward

How to be Smarter: Great article about how to optimize your experience on LinkedIn. [I am a huge fan of LinkedIn - previous post about it here, and my own LinkedIn is here].

How to be Prettier: I bought these heels in black for a recent wedding and just love them: the thicker heel means you can dance in them easily [I did 4+ hours on the dance floor pain-free] and the gold heel is just really fun.

How to be (less) Awkward: Ten Things To Say To Generate Good Feelings.

September 17, 2014

How to be Smarter: After finishing writing an email, take one second and think “what follow-up questions might someone have to this email?” Anticipating one or two potential follow-ups and incorporating them into the original email will cut down on back-and-forths.

How to be Prettier: If you have an undershirt, layering tank, or accessory you only ever wear with one other item of clothing, hang them on the same hanger to save space and time in the morning.

How to be (less) Awkward: An easy way to work on being outgoing with those you do not know well is to practice giving compliments. Compliments are a great way to work on breaking out of your shell because they do not need to be terribly original (“great shirt!” “nice job!”) and are almost always well-received. Make a new policy that when you think of something nice in your head, you will share it.

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

September 8, 2014

How to be Smarter: Sometimes when you think you need a distraction, you really just need a chance of pace. To keep breaks productive, keep two tabs open on your computer, both of things that need to get done. Then when you need a quick break, head to the other tab instead of to an internet time waster.

How to be Prettier: Once a week, take as much care in choosing what you wear to work as you would if you were going on a job interview. A little extra morning primping can increase your confidence for the entire day.

How to be (less) Awkward: During stressful times, listen to music you enjoyed during happy times in your life. For example, during a turbulent plane ride, listen to music that reminds you of the dance floor at your best friend’s wedding.

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

September 1, 2014

If you are in the New York City area and have an interest in blogging, I am teaching a class on “The Write Stuff: Getting The Most From Your Blog” at General Assembly’s Manhattan campus this fall.

It should be a fun class – we will cover  conceiving, branding, writing, growing, and monetizing a blog, and talk about how to leverage a blog into a new networking, writing, or career opportunity. This class would be great  for beginning bloggers, as well as established bloggers looking to grow.

I would love to see you there! Feel free to send me an email if you’re attending and we can connect beforehand!

Sign-up is here. xo, Molly

August 29, 2014

How to be Smarter: Book Recommendation: Welcome to the Real World by Lauren Berger. An awesome read for successfully navigating through your first few jobs out of college, this fun book mixes practical advice for networking with co-workers, organizing your inbox, dealing with tough bosses, and more using tips from the author’s (the founder of InternQueen.com) own experiences. This would be a great read if you are at the beginning of your career, and/or just want to brush up on quick productivity lessons for the workplace.

How to be Prettier: A super-easy way to get more beauty sleep.

How to be (less) Awkward: One of my favorite conversational tips, ever.

August 28, 2014
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