How to be Smarter: In my experience, people with real power don't need to act authoritative; it is the people who are insecure about their power that often feel the need to act bossy. I wouldn't worry about what the loudmouth person screaming their opinions thinks of you; I would care more what the quiet person taking notes in the corner thinks of you. The chances are very real that the quiet person has more power. How to be Prettier: My guest post on Allstate's Good Hands Community about being a positive body image role model. [In exchange for sharing this content, GoodHandsCommunity.org has compensated me via cash payment.]
How to be (less) Awkward: If I'm trying to decide whether to do something, I imagine what I will feel like if miss the chance to take the opportunity. For example, I imagine the person I'm thinking of talking to at a party walking out the door, or someone else taking my place at a dinner. If I don't care when I imagine the opportunity leaving me, I move on.