8 Ways to Put Your Best Foot Forward

How to nail a job interview, look less tired, deal with rude behavior, and more great advice from experts.

Sources: Elizabeth Edwards | Bob Newhart

Rise Above Rude Behavior

Presume goodwill. "This gives the other person a face-saving way to change his or her behavior. Any diplomat will tell you that the way to negotiate is to give people a graceful way to do what you want them to do," says Judith Martin, author of Miss Manners’ Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior.

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How to Nail An Interview

Become the solution. When embarking on a job search in today’s tough times, many people still stick to refining their résumés and honing their people skills. Experience is good. Strong interpersonal skills are great. Integrity matters. But the thing that makes all the difference today is presenting yourself as a problem solver.

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How to Be Funnier

Know thy audience. “Your audience will tell you where to go," says Bob Newhart. "One time I happened to use the word denigrate onstage, and it didn’t get any reaction. So as I continued my act, the left side of my brain was fast-forwarding to see if I had any other big words coming up.”

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How to Use 15 Minutes

Get up earlier. A quarter hour makes all the difference in catching that train, enjoying a cup of coffee, or (finally) packing your lunch.

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Stop Being Late

Make lateness cost you. Expert organizer Julie Morgenstern suggests you penalize yourself to break the habit. Fill an envelope with 100 one-dollar bills, then each time you are late, give the person who has been waiting for you $1 for every minute he's been waiting. If that doesn't work, use $5 bills.

How to Spend 30 Days

Sweat the small stuff. Pay bills, return e-mails, clear clutter. Tackling small tasks bolsters self-esteem -- when you feel effective, you’re closer to your goal.

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Look Better In Photos

Focus your eyes. just slightly above the camera lens, move your face forward a bit, and tip down your chin.

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How to Look Alert

Pop a dissolvable breath strip. The latest versions have added caffeine, but even the ones intended to just freshen your breath are so strong, you can expect a pick-me-up.

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