Molly Ford's
Smart, Pretty & Awkward

How to be Smarter: On your business card, only put contact info for the way you would prefer people contact you. For example, if you hate getting unscheduled phone calls, include your email address and Twitter handle only. And if your job requires you to put all contact info on the card, ask to put the preferred contact method in a larger font – this usually gives people the hint this is the preferred method to reach you.

How to be Prettier: Such a cool website for color inspiration: a clock web app that translates the current time into the corresponding hex color code.

How to be (less) Awkward: If you are going to an event, like a high school reunion, where people will want to see a picture of your significant other/children/cool vacation photo, make the image your home screen on your phone so you can easily show the photo without flipping through your phone’s albums.

P.S. I was so excited to be interview by The Preppy Post-Grad about blog advice, what’s on my desk currently, my mentor, and more. You can check out the interview here!

January 2, 2015

Happy 2015! Let’s make it a great year.

xo, Molly

January 1, 2015

How to be Smarter: “We need to stop telling young people ‘Get a mentor and you will excel.’ Instead we need to tell them, ‘Excel and you will get a mentor.’” — Great line from this well-done, three-point article on mentorship.

How to be Prettier: My favorite moisturizer this winter has been coconut oil, which I have been buying from Amazon in this big tub. I have been putting it on my hands and face before bed most nights, and my normally very dry skin has never felt better.

How to be (less) Awkward: 9 Rules of Emailing from a Google Executive. [Love #1, #4, and #9].

December 26, 2014

How to be Smarter: 5 science-backed ways to get more responses to your emails.

How to be Prettier: Love this sparkly long-sleeved dress – it’s perfect for New Year’s Eve. Just bought it for myself!

How to be (less) Awkward: Going to be a bridesmaid in an upcoming wedding? This is a funny and very practical list of six ways to help the bride with a very bridesmaid-specific task.

December 22, 2014

Thanks to the great response to the classes about blogging I taught at General Assembly this fall,  I am excited to be running “The Write Stuff: Getting the Most From Your Blog” again this week.

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.

You can see all the details here – would love to see you there!

And if you are interested in a student’s perspective of the class, Elana from The Preppy Post Grad wrote a great write-up of her experience in the November class here. Thank you, Elana!

xoxo, Molly

December 14, 2014
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