How to be Smarter: If a friend keeps a spare key for you, also give them a short list of important phone numbers to keep with it—you can wrap a notecard with numbers around the key with a rubber band for safe-keeping. Then if your bag or wallet is lost with both your keys and cell phone in it, you also have access to numbers you might need to call but do not have memorized.
How to be Prettier: When folding clean laundry, put it at the bottom of your drawer—not the top—so that all your clothes get relatively equal wear.
How to be (less) Awkward: If the idea of going to events alone makes you nervous, a good baby step to take is to plan to meet a friend at an event, and head over a few minutes before the time you have agreed on. This will give you the experience of walking into an event alone and spending a few minutes solo talking to new people, but also will give you a level of comfort in knowing that your friend will be joining you soon.
I’ve been honored to be the Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee for Forty Women To Watch Over 40 for the past two years. The annual list celebrates women over 40 who are changing the world in amazing ways.
We just announced the 2014 list of honorees, and it is an excellent resource to look at to find career inspiration and strong female role models.
You can check out the 2014 honorees here.
How to be Smarter: If you want to be more of a reader but are unsure where to start, think about the kind of content you gravitate towards elsewhere. Do you love action movies? Try reading a thriller. Is the History Channel always on at your house? Try a historical fiction novel. Only like to read fashion magazines? Try a biography of Coco Chanel. The subject matter that interests you in one medium usually interests you in books, too.
How to be Prettier: When taking photos, put your arms slightly away from your body – a small space between your torso and upper arm creates a less “blocky” appearance in photos.
How to be (less) Awkward: Most office meetings start on the hour or half-hour. If you are stopping by someone’s office unannounced, try to avoid doing it at :25 or :55 as those are the times that you are most likely to be hurried through your conversation so the other person can make a meeting.
How to be Smarter: When sending an email to someone you do not know, your name alone might not catch their eye in their inbox. For this reason, make sure the email subject line is special enough that your email will get read. Mentioning something specific they have created or done (“Inspired By Your June 30 Blog Post” or “Was in Audience at Yesterday’s Talk”) or name-droping a mutual connection (“From Molly Ford’s Friend”) in the subject line is more likely to get your email read that “Hello”, “Connecting” or something similarly generic.
How to be Prettier: Love this piece on paintbrushes, bodies, and masterpieces.
How to be (less) Awkward: Hate networking, dating or other social events? Change your password to “ILuvNetworking,” “datingisfun” or “SmallTalkIsEasy.” Because change your password, change your life!