"I can be a better me than anyone can." -- Diana Ross

How to be Smarter: When you are networking with someone, either in person or by email, end the conversation with “do you know anyone else who might also be good for me to talk to?” This simple question allows your network to grow organically through connections and introductions by those you already know. How to be Prettier: If you are not sure what color to get something in when decorating, going with white, black, or your favorite color is usually a safe bet.

How to be (less) Awkward: When giving criticism to someone, avoid adding words like “extremely,” “really,” or “very” in front of the adjective. A simple example would be “this was bad” versus “this was very bad.” Adding a superlative to the front of negative word doesn’t do anything but make the person feel worse.

This was originally written for Parade magazine; you can read all my Parade columns here. xo, Molly