Molly Ford Beck's
Smart, Pretty & Awkward

How to be Smarter: Practice being your future self.

How to be Prettier: Such a random, great deal: these beautiful brown boots are only $13.99 in select sizes right now (yes, I bought a pair!).

How to be (less) Awkward: “I want to teach you one of the easiest and most fun nonverbal conversation tricks. The eyebrow raise. Across cultures, the eyebrow raise is what we do when we hear or see something interesting. When you see someone do it in conversation it often means you have said something engaging or brought up a topic that peaks their curiosity. The eyebrow raise is the physical indicator of a spark. It clues you in to a topic that they might like discussing.” — Love this tip, and also steps 7 and 8, from this post on 10 steps to the perfect conversation.

April 19, 2016

I’m so excited to share that the podcast I’ve been working on for the last several months with Forbes has launched!

Two Inboxes is a podcast where I interview millennials and other members of the side hustle generation about what it’s like to be climbing the ladder of corporate success while also managing an entrepreneurial side venture - something I know all about because I’ve always worked full-time while managing this site!

You can download and listen to my first episode here, where I talk to Rachel about what it’s like to be a director at an NYC marketing agency while also managing a corporate wellness consultancy.

If you have a side hustle, want to start a side hustle, or just want to hear me laugh too close to the mic, this is the podcast for you!

Thank you for always being so supportive of my ventures.

xo, Molly

 

April 12, 2016

I’ve been a millennial member of the organizing committee for Forty Women To Watch Over 40 for the past few years, and some of the most fun work I do each year is helping to put together this list.

The list “celebrates women who are upending the perception that 40 is past your prime. They are reinventing, leaning in, and creating momentum that will be felt by those beyond their community and field.”

Have you nominated someone you know – maybe a mentor or other inspiring person in your life – for this year’s list yet?

April 4, 2016

How to be Smarter: “Borrowing an hour of somebody’s time is the same as borrowing a neighbor’s ladder. Ask politely, keep it only as long as you need it, return it quickly and say ‘thank you’.” 12 ways to run meetings that don’t suck.

How to be Prettier: Buying these packing cubes has 100% changed my travel game. I originally bought them for a longer trip I took this winter to India, but I’ve since used them on my last two weekend trips and I’m hooked. I use the smallest for toiletries, the medium for tops, and the largest for PJ’s and pants, and suddenly all I need for a three-day weekend is one backpack. Highly recommend!

How to be (less) Awkward: “I was raised with the belief that the first person to raise their voice loses.” Great tips about how to fight fair in your personal relationships.

March 27, 2016

How to be Smarter: Book Recommendation: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. The back cover of the book reads: “Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred. What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all.” It sets the tone for a book that is both playful and serious about creativity, writing, and idea generation. It’s an engaging, fun read, especially if you are a fan of Elizabeth Gilbert – I also love her podcast Magic Lessons which is based off some of the ideas in the book.

How to be Prettier: I’ve been living in these J.Crew pants lately – they feel like leggings but are structured enough to wear with loafers for weekend errands.

How to be (less) Awkward: This Wait But Why blog post covers both the behind-the-scenes of doing a Ted talk, and is laugh-out-loud funny. Love the analogy of October Tim vs. December Tim vs. February Tim, and the scatter plot graphs of different public speaking memorization methods.

March 20, 2016
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