The worst mistake people make when networking

I read that in Silicon Valley there’s a twelve-month waiting list to be a summer volunteer at the local hospitals. Because all the kids who want to go into STEM careers in their over-funded overachiever Silicon Valley schools are trying to stand out as great candidates for college by working with doctors and scientists.

Too little too late: Sheryl Sandberg apologizes for Lean In

Now that Sheryl Sandberg is a single mom, she has announced, in a post on Facebook, that it’s understandable that single moms do not Lean In.

I am infuriated.

Tips for making teams work better

At age ten the Farmer was doing chores before and after school and most of the weekend. This was normal for his family. It’s what his parents did and what their parents did.

Online Course: Write Great Blog Posts!

Here is some feedback from other people who have taken writing courses with me:

Penelope is absolutely brilliant at cutting through the bullshit.  – Cheryl C.

Your writing course is a way better crash course than anything I got in college.  – Caitlin

As a writer, you’d think I’d just write my own testimonials, but the research that shows people instinctively know a fake testimonial. I’m not sure how, but part of being a good writer is knowing your limits. That’ll be in the course.

Along with essentials like how to get the benefits of a blog without having to do all the work to maintain a blog. And how to get other people to publish your post on their popular site. And how to write blog posts people will love.

So you should sign up now!

Also, I’ll edit your blog post for you, and the combination of doing the class and then having an editor work on your post is a really fast way to learn. And you’ll get to hear a critique of everyone else’s posts as well. When I was learning to write I was so pissed off when someone didn’t like my writing that I almost couldn’t think straight. But I loved hearing why someone else’s writing was bad, so I listened more closely and learned the most from those in-class critiques.

What are you waiting for? There’s a money-back guarantee, so if you aren’t thrilled, just ask for a refund.

There. So sign up now.

I wanted to reward you for getting all the way to the bottom of this email. So here is a picture from my garden.

I asked my son what I could do to make him like the garden more. He said, “Put more girls in it.”

The end.

Sign up now. Quick! The course is filling up!

Just kidding. It’s on-demand so there is no limit. But you should sign up now anyway.

How to be a better friend, even when you’re busy

The best time for people with Aspergers to throw a party for their friends is Passover. Passover is a very long meal where Jewish people follow prescribed conversations and eating rituals. No unstructured socializing. Which means people with Aspergers can have all their friends around with minimal social anxiety. Plus, done well, Passover is a Jewish drinking game. 

The entrepreneurship craze is over. Now what?

You can easily trick yourself into believing that entrepreneurship is all the rage among young people. Hacker meet-ups, entrepreneurship clubs on college campuses, and the sudden growth of incubators and accelerator programs can present fodder for this case. But these are really just ways to talk about starting a company.

Online course: Write great blog posts that go viral

This is really the course I’d like to teach every day of my life. But for now, I’m teaching it only four days: May 2 -5 each night for one hour, from 7pm to 8pm Eastern. All videos will be available on demand if you can’t come to the live session. The cost is $195.

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One of the best methods for figuring out what you should be doing with your life is to think about times you have totally loved what you were doing. One of my favorite jobs was giving lectures about writing at Brown, Harvard, Boston University, and University of Paris.

How to look younger for your career

Maybe you think I’m taking a cue from Cosmo here: Look Younger at Any Age!

Before I lose you, let me just say that it’s pretty true that anyone, at any age, is better off being younger when they interview. Example?

Passive income is BS (but here’s how to get it)

We are the psychos in first class. People see me and my older son and wonder how we could afford tickets. They probably decide I’m the crazy wife whose husband is never home because he extends every business trip to include a mistress tryst and sends me his love via miles for upgrades.

Open letter to the guy who refuses to be the sole breadwinner

I coach so many women who say they want career advice, but what they really want is permission to not work. These women can see that the jobs they always dreamed of having are not compatible with raising kids, ant that makes the work world feel very disappointing.