"Continue to share your heart with people even if it’s been broken. Don’t treat your heart like an action figure wrapped in plastic and never used." -- Amy Poehler

How to be Smarter: The easiest way to look engaged in large group meetings is to keep a notepad in your lap and a pen in your hand, and always look at the person who is speaking. Even if you do not feel comfortable contributing yourself, having the right note-taking supplies and making eye contact with the speaker will keep you looking involved and interested in the conversation. How to be Prettier: Putting a blazer on—over anything, including jeans or a dress—makes the entire outfit look more professional.

How to be (less) Awkward: When first learning how to use an electronic device that can be scrolled with your finger (like an iPhone or tablet), touching the screen with the pad of your finger, not your finger nail, makes it easier to navigate. This is a good tip to share when teaching someone else how to use one of these devices, too.

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