Molly Ford's
Smart, Pretty & Awkward

How to be Smarter: Absolutely love this amazing list of life advice. Worth a read.

How to be Prettier: Before an interview, look at the company’s social media to figure out what to wear.

How to be (less) Awkward: I’m not in my 30′s yet, but I have loved running errands with friends ever since high school – one of my favorite ways to spend time with my girls while also crossing a thing or two off the to-do list. This blog post says why: the secret to friendship.

June 2, 2015

How to be Smarter: I love Google Alerts – I use them for tracking just about everything in my life, from companies I love to brands I follow to people I want to meet someday. This is great article about how to set up Google Alerts and use them to benefit your career.

How to be Prettier: Two clever, slightly gross make-up tips. [I do the first one all the time].

How to be (less) Awkward: When you arrive at a venue with a jukebox, put your request in right after you sit down. Sometimes it takes a bit of time before your request can be played, and if you spend too much time thinking about what song to choose you might run out of time to actually hear it be played before your meal or the night ends. Also, if you request a song right away, every time a new song comes on your group will get excited to see if it is “yours.”

May 25, 2015

How to be Smarter: Book Recommendations: The Unspeakable by Meghan Daum and Everything You Ever Wanted by Jillian Lauren. Both are honest, well-written, fascinating memoirs about the huge variety of experiences that make up modern womanhood. I read both books within the past week and was enthralled by each of them.

How to be Prettier: A fresh swipe of brighter-than-normal lipstick, or your regular lipstick with some gloss over it, right before a video call helps keep your face from looking too washed out on-camera. Which is nice when usually half the computer screen is like staring in a mirror!

How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just fun: if you were born today, this would be your name.

May 18, 2015

How to be Smarter: Such an interesting interview with a hostage negotiator about the best way to ask for a raise.

How to be Prettier: Current favorite gift to give: a nice matching pair of summer pajamas, like this or this. It seems luxurious because people rarely buy nice sleepwear for themselves, but everyone likes/uses pajamas when gifted to them. [Cute to put on card for birthday or graduation gift: "May all your dreams come true this year!"]

How to be (less) Awkward: Quick list of characteristics that research says are most important in successful relationships.

May 12, 2015
How to be Smarter: When you reach out to someone you do not know for advice,¬†ask for something specific in your initial email by referencing a particular, definable question you have. If you pick the person’s brain about a specific question to start, you will open the door to a more meaningful relationship or mentorship in the future without overwhelming them in your initial contact.

How to be Prettier: Tons of great tips for how to wear heels without killing your feet.

How to be (less) Awkward: Smile when you answer the phone – the other person will hear it in your voice. This works for calls from crushes, moms, phone interviews, and more.
May 4, 2015
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