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Archive for June, 2009


How to be Smarter: Never travel, especially on a bus or an airplane, without a cozy, lightweight scarf. It can be wrapped around your neck if this temperature inside is cold or the air conditioning is blasting, it can be used as a pillow if you want to take a nap,  and, in general, it is just a snuggly little item that will remind you of home.

How to be Prettier: Fourth of July is coming up soon–get those outfits ready. This is one holiday where you must wear the appropriate colors–red, white, and blue. 

How to be (less) Awkward: After the predicable relationship meltdown and breakup, it is never okay to ask a friend, “are you still not over him?” It sounds uncaring and, after hearing someone ask that, most people will shut down and not tell the truth anyways. A better way to phrase it, if you must ask, is “how are you doing these days?” In general however, I advocate people coming to you with their thoughts.

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How to be Smarter: When sending someone (especially a boss or co-worker), an article from a web page, include both the full text of the article and a link to the article. Otherwise, if someone looks at the email on their phone but can’t click on the link, they may forget to check it at a computer–making the email, and the article you deemed relevant, lost forever. 

How to be Prettier: Never wear high-tops with shorts. 

How to be (less) Awkward: If you start talking during a job interview or a presentation, and you realized you have messed up the question or statement, pause, take a breath, and say “let me try this another way,” or “here is an example that may work better.”

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How to be Smarter: Interesting fact: You are limited to 5,000 facebook friends.

How to be Prettier: You are so pretty and confident because you got your looks and your personality, in part at least, from your mom. Send her this personalized video to thank her.

How to be (less) Awkward: Never chose the stall directly next to someone else’s in the bathroom.

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How to be Smarter: If you unsubscribed from an organization’s list server after the second email they sent you, the organization would probably assume you weren’t that engaged in their cause anyways and move on. So if someone unsubscribes from your life after the second date, count your blessings and move on –they weren’t going to be loyal supporters of you to begin with.

How to be Prettier: Pearls reflect light onto your face. Throwing on a pearl necklace or earrings when you are tired makes you look more awake.

How to be (less) Awkward: Lean slightly forward in your chair during a job interview—you look more interested. Follow the same rule on a date or during a business meeting.

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How to be Smarter: You have about 24 hours to respond to a personal email. If it goes longer than 48, you look rude. For business, during the course of a normal business day, I would shorten this time to say you have six hours to respond, maximum. 

How to be Prettier: My little sister had this in her shower when I was visiting her, and, since using it, I can’t use anything else. It really does exfoliate AND leaves the nicest scent behind AND makes my skin feel so soft. Hooked. 

How to be (less) Awkward: If someone you love is going away, sneak “Safe to Say” by Valencia onto their iPod and tell them to listen to it when times are hard.

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