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Smart, Pretty & Awkward

How to be Smarter: 12 Words Even Smart People Get Wrong.

How to be Prettier: I have my eye on this cool skyline dress – think it would be perfect for the office with a blazer or Happy Hour with heels.

How to be (less) Awkward: Love this advice on jealousy from Lena Dunham.

October 20, 2014

How to be Smarter: An interesting alternative to a book club.

How to be Prettier: Sale Alert: 25% off site-wide at SHOPBOP through 10/16 with coupon code “FAMILY25″. Enjoy!

How to be (less) Awkward: 42 Ways to Make People Like and Respect You - I love, love, love this entire list.

October 14, 2014

How to be Smarter: The #1 mistake people makes on phone interviews - and 3 ways to fix it.

How to be Prettier: Great infographic on 9 easy ways to make your workday healthier.

How to be (less) Awkward: One of my favorite videos [that I find occasion to use way too often in email chains/group texts]. Treat yo self!

October 8, 2014

How to be Smarter: Surprising things that affect whether you get hired. [I thought the part about when to schedule your interview was especially interesting].

How to be Prettier: I am always looking for easy ways to remind myself to sit up straighter, and I love this idea: “A buddy and I agreed to send each other Gchats sporadically throughout the day that said nothing but ‘UNHUNCH!’ It works! For a little while, anyway.” — Great tip from this article with lots more research on the benefits of sitting up straight.

How to be (less) AwkwardLove this simple post about how to be a better friend.

September 30, 2014

How to be Smarter: The easiest way to look engaged in large group meetings is to keep a notepad in your lap and a pen in your hand, and always look at the person who is speaking. Even if you do not feel comfortable contributing yourself, having the right note-taking supplies and making eye contact with the speaker will keep you looking involved and interested in the conversation.

How to be Prettier: Putting a blazer on—over anything, including jeans or a dress—makes the entire outfit look more professional.

How to be (less) Awkward: When first learning how to use an electronic device that can be scrolled with your finger (like an iPhone or tablet), touching the screen with the pad of your finger, not your finger nail, makes it easier to navigate. This is a good tip to share when teaching someone else how to use one of these devices, too.

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

September 22, 2014
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