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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

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
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