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How to Freelance Full-Time
By Alyssa Goldman Not too long ago, I was a full-time freelancer — not by choice but by necessity and passion. After graduation, I moved from Chicago to New York City — the center of the universe for all aspiring journalists.  I was optimistically naïve, thinking for sure I’d land my... read more »
Asking for a Favor: The Three Keys
From small favors (“Could you cover for me on the conference call tomorrow?”) to the more onerous (“Can you please introduce me to your contact at Nike?”), we are all in the habit of asking one another for help. Keith Ferrazzi’s bestselling Never Eat Alone highlighted our personal interc…... read more »
How to Ask Personal Questions
I live in a high rise doorman building and it always causes me great angst at holiday time.  How much should I tip the doormen?  We’re new to our building this year, so I decided to ask around.  But you can’t just corner a neighbor and blurt out, “How much... read more »
Why It's Better to Be Smart and Wrong than Just Silent
I’m always amazed when I hear about smart, talented people going to their supervisors to ask for guidance using phrases like, “What do you think I should do?” Or, “How should I…?” Let’s assume that you’ve gotten to where you are in life precisely because you’re…... read more »
Template: Email Introduction to a Literary Agent
Tomorrow, you’ll all see a GOTJ post on HBR about how NOT to make an introduction on behalf of someone else.  In it, I describe why I didn’t feel comfortable passing along an acquaintance to  my literary agent.  What I did to help instead, however, was share my introductory email... read more »
How to Interject in a Meeting
How many times have you sat through a meeting with something brilliant to say but never knowing quite when to say it? Or realized half way through the meeting that your colleague who spoke up said something completely erroneous? Or worse yet, found yourself nodding and smiling in agreement while... read more »
Top 4 Pitfalls of Summer Interns
As the end of July approaches, you’re probably half way through your summer internship.  Whether or not you got a coveted gig at City Hall, it’s time to take stock of your progress and learning and think about what you’ve gotten out of the experience to date and how to... read more »
"Undercover Boss" and the Missing Information Loop
It’s hard to argue that a primetime network T.V. show that debuts after the Super Bowl has any mission other than to entertain the masses. It’s perhaps unfair then to ascribe any responsibility to the “Undercover Boss” other than the blatantly obvious—we all knew what we were getting—another reality show.... read more »