“All I want is a warm bed and a kind word and unlimited power" -- Ashleigh Brilliant

How to be Smarter: Don't waste your time on hold when calling customer service. Hit "0" and 90 percent of the time you will be connected directly to a live operator. 

How to be Prettier: No going on a job interview without a French manicure, your hair away from your face, and eyebrows that were recently done. 
How to be (less) Awkward: Please don't ask where the "little ladies room" is. You're not five. "Where is the closest restroom?" is the phase to say. And never say it at the table--it is not polite conversation. Say "excuse me," get up, and ask the hostess or a wandering waiter where to go.