How to be Smarter: Book Recommendation: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg. I saw Aziz perform stand-up as a surprise guest at a comedy club a few years ago, and I have been a huge fan of his ever since. I was so excited to read this book, and it was as enjoyable as I hoped. It’s a great mix of funny jokes and really interesting research (the book’s co-author is well-respected sociologist Eric Klinenberg) on modern dating and relationships. Would be an awesome book for a book club to discuss.
How to be Prettier: I have this dress in ivory and absolutely love it – light, airy, and perfect for a summer date night.
How to be (less) Awkward: “Our instinct is often to say to a friend who’s suffering, ‘Let me know if there’s anything you need.’ While well meaning, this gesture unintentionally shifts the obligation to the aggrieved. Instead of offering ‘anything,’ just do something.” — Great quote from this article on how to be a friend in deed.
How to be Smarter: “Many years later I realized that if I had written only a couple of pages a day, I would’ve written 500 pages at the end of a year (and that’s not even working weekends). Any contribution you make on a daily basis is fantastic.” — Such a wonderful piece by the creator of Mad Men.
How to be Prettier: Every time I get a beauty service done, even if I’m just doing “the usual”, I always ask the stylist what she would recommend. “What would you recommend for my hair/skin/nails?” Most of the time, I stick to the plan of what I had in mind coming in, but it is always great to hear a trained professional’s opinion that sometimes sets me on something new I had not thought of before.
How to be (less) Awkward: 49 ways to kill time at a house party before your only friend shows up.
How to be Smarter: Famous women on the best advice they have ever received. [Tavi's is my favorite].
How to be Prettier: Hands down the best at-home pedicure tool I have ever used. It takes 30 seconds a few mornings a week, and my feet have never looked better.
How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just hilarious: 9 ways to rule book club.
Thanks to the great response to the previous eight (!) classes about blogging I taught at General Assembly, I am excited to be running “The Write Stuff: Getting the Most From Your Blog” twice more over the next few weeks, on Monday, June 29 and Monday, July 27.
From the course description:
If you’re considering starting a blog but need some encouragement, or already have one but are looking to grow and expand it, this class will show you ways to leverage a blog into a new networking or career opportunity. You’ll find out about all things blog – including conceiving, branding, writing, growing, and monetizing. The techniques taught in this class are also appropriate for those running small business or corporate blogs.
And if you can make it, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to introduce yourself before class!
How to be Smarter: How to persuade people to complete tasks. [Hint: personalized sticky notes].
How to be Prettier: I mainly wear dresses or skirts, but besides my Paige jeans, my #1 go-to for pants is the J.Crew Minnie. Do not think I have ever found a work-appropriate pair of pants I love more – I have a pair in black, navy, olive and pink.
How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just adorable: Emojic 8-ball.