"Don’t talk too much about yourself. We will do that after you leave" -- Irish saying

How to be Smarter: Focus on being interested in others, rather than being interesting to others. By being interested, you instantly become interesting. How to be Prettier: I think if you can look at this ring — or her entire shop — and not smile, you have no soul.

How to be (less) Awkward: I think self-help books get an unfairly awkward reputation. What is wrong with brushing up on some books about workplace communication or managing relationships? I challenge you to spend some time in the self-help/advice section of your local bookstore. Even if you don’t buy anything, paging through a few books on topics you already “know” can be pretty fun and informative. Disclaimer: this is what I do almost every Friday afternoon, and I look forward to it all week.