Recent job opportunity came up, and I have the chance to write semi-professionally for a small company. Think in the vein of writing movie reviews or reviewing software. Its professional writing, but there will be conceptual and thematic details involved, it's not simply writing staid copy. I would like to find a book that helps me hone my prose, and will teach me how to better edit and improve my work. [more inside]
I volunteer for a local advocacy non-profit and I will be accompanying the director to a statewide convention next month. I have never attended a convention in my life. I need any and all advice you may have for a first-time attendee.
I'm looking to make around $300-$700 a month doing freelance writing to supplement my income. So far I have been overwhelmed with the resources online and still have no idea where to start. I have no experience writing professionally but I am an English major and have been writing almost all of my life. I'm mostly interested in the "Elance" platform but I'm open to other options. How do I get started? [more inside]
I'm doing research on bowling and bowling pros, and I've had a hard time finding info on bowlers from Japan/JPBA (Japan Professional Bowling Association). Does anyone know any English sources that cover (or covered) the JPBA or any of their top bowlers? [more inside]
So, over 50, and noting facial cheek and neck wrinkles that make me feel like I look over 60. I've heard about fraxel, laser, collagen. But it's all from advertisements or promotions. Has anyone ever tried these and have good or bad personal or best friend-type experience to share? I wear sunscreen every day and stay out of the sun, I have very pale and somewhat sensitive skin.
How does one go about becoming a continuing legal education (CLE) or CE provider in the US and Canada? [more inside]
I am looking for suggestions for spots in San Francisco or East Bay, public transportation accessible, for folks to meet up for a small, professional meet-up group. [more inside]
My role at work is changing such that I'll need to interact with people face-to-face and over the phone much more than I currently do. The problem: I'm kind of awkward. I don't want to make things go poorly for my employer, so what is my next step? [more inside]
I am a woman in my late 20s. Lately I've been feeling like all of the adults I know are more mature and adult-like in the way they hold themselves and behave than I am. I don't know how to get that or be more like that. What am I doing wrong? What to do? [more inside]
I am very fortunate to have an employer that gives us $1000/year to spend on professional development. Help me spend it! [more inside]
My beau has decided he'd like to neaten up his beard, and I suggested finding a professional to do it the first time. (After that, it'll likely be easier to maintain.) Any recommendations for a beard trimmer or shaper/men's grooming salon/private individual in Austin? (Obligatory beard-and-kitten picture.)
What do you say (or email) people after you've gone "radio silent" because you were focusing on other projects or procrastinating due to anxiety? [more inside]
I'm a newly hired, but experienced project manager who is taking over a project that is already underway. I've been out of work for a while so I'm super glad to finally have a job but I'm feeling overwhelmed and unsure of myself. I want to do an awesome job. [more inside]
For my new position at work, I'll be putting together a large number of Executive Overviews. This is a new area for me and I'd like to avoid unknowingly committing a spreadsheet faux pas. [more inside]
Help me time and properly approach a senior member of our staff to become their full time assistant. [more inside]
Is it common in your academic workplace for people to share hotel rooms at conferences with colleagues? [more inside]
How frequently do you screw up at work? I'm wondering if it's "normal" to screw up at work with the frequency that I am, and I should cut myself some slack. Alternately, I'm considering the possibility that it's a big problem. [more inside]
I'm about to enter a second-degree program, and I expect that my small cohort group and I are going to be very different people. I'd like to bridge the gap, but I worry that my weird, assertive, and outspoken tendencies are going to alienate me. Help. [more inside]
Professional laptop case with straps, a.k.a. a backpack for adults, please? [more inside]
My career in web design is progressing and I'm wondering how long I can get away with not shelling out for a data plan before it makes me look bad. [more inside]
Hi, My wife wants me to take professional catalog photographs for her blog (she builds earrings) where the objects are seen over a black background with a similar effect to this one: sample photograph After asking google and going through lots of info on catalog photographs I believe I know how to more or less get this done but for the mirror effect on the floor. If you see the image they get the product reflected on the floor. How could I get this same effect? Thanks
I'm starting a new professional job, and I need a new, professional bag. I need something large, very lightweight, and preferably with a cross-body shoulder strap. [more inside]
Cluelessly-dressed 30-year-old office-working lady here. I have come to the conclusion that it is in my best interest to start leaning much more toward the business side of business casual on a daily basis. Professional women/fashion mavens of Metafilter, could you lend me a hand with these business wear-related queries? [more inside]
I thought he was attracted to me. I'm really attracted to him. Turns out he's just really excited about my creative work. Help me find the words to be honest about the attraction and the fact that I'd like to get past that imbalance so we can do all the collaborations we want to do. [more inside]
I've been in my professional field for about a decade. For the first five years of that, I was a bit of an alcoholic. I shudder when I think back to some of the unprofessional ways I behaved. I'm worried that I now have a reputation of being flaky within my rather small professional community. Short of changing fields, is there anything I can do? [more inside]
How can I cope with extreme professional/work anxiety? [more inside]
CHALLENGE TIME! You are lent some expensive, professional grade video equipment for 18 hours and told that you may use it as you see fit in the time you have. Assuming little to no preparation beforehand, what do you do and/or film with it? Ideally you'd like the owner (or anyone else who sees your work) to be mildly impressed, knowing that you have no actual solo film making experience whatsoever. [more inside]
Looking for a place in NYC where I (a dude) can get good, natural-looking hair coloring for about a hundred bucks. [more inside]
How much say should my employer have over my physical appearance? [more inside]
How do you spot an amateur in your trade, profession, or hobby? Specifically, what are some examples of things that people without experience do, while attempting what you do or know well, because they don't know any better that make their lack of experience obvious? [more inside]
Photographers & photo enthusiasts: Can I find a good professional grade used or new digital camera for under $350-400? [more inside]
I bought a Thinkpad through Gumtree (UK) last year and now Microsoft Office Professional Plus 10 is asking me for an authentication code. When I got the computer, windows had just been installed but I don't know if I got a trial version or a corporate version that was imaged onto the machine. Do I need to pay for an authentication code or is there a way to otherwise disable the authentication request message?
I owe a person money and want to pay her back. How should I go about it? [more inside]
Is this outfit appropriate for a job interview at a nice restaurant? [more inside]
Asking for a Friend/CoWorker: Boss and underling develop feelings for each. Both break it off, but now friend is feeling hurt and rejected. What advice can I give her? [more inside]
What makes for a really, really kickass professional workshop? [more inside]
Help me find a blog. [more inside]
Please suggest some appropriate non-alcholic gift to HR team. [more inside]
I have a Betacam-SP UWV 1800-p player/recorder. I cannot think of any use for it. Would it suit a college AV department ? Or a museum ? I'd like to see it find a good home, but I will settle for getting rid of it. Can any Mefiers recommend a next step ?
Moving across the country and I'm overwhelmed and confused by the reviews about moving companies. Help? [more inside]
Help me make a decision I keep circling over again and again -- interdisciplinary masters that lets me do some cool research now, or continuing to work/exist in desired city and a more professional and/or appropriate MA/PHd in the next year or two? [more inside]
Do you know anything about UChicago's Graham School, particularly its Editing curriculum? [more inside]
Help me find videos of professional athletes competing in a sport other than their professional one.
Help me find videos of professional athletes competing in a sport other than their professional one. [more inside]
What social network lifestream sharing and web marketing philosophy do you recommend for a freelancer?
What social network lifestream sharing and web marketing philosophy do you recommend for a freelancer? [more inside]
Anon is a big sillyhead. OH HI ANON, I'M SORRY, LET'S MEET NEXT WEEK TO REHASH YOUR HUMILIATION IN PERSON.
Work colleague accidentally cc'd me an email containing personal insults directed at me and now wants to meet to discuss the issue. How do I diplomatically and professionally say that I don't want to meet and would rather just ignore the email and keep working? [more inside]
I adore my Kate Spade black messenger bag, but it's wearing out. What should I get to replace it? [more inside]
Do you over think things? How do you channel this power for good while avoiding research-driven procrastination and anxiety? [more inside]
Are stylists telling the truth when they say that professional haircolor after drugstore haircolor will literally destroy your hair? [more inside]
In my last session, my therapist kind of forced a confrontation with me and I feel weird about it. How do I handle this? [more inside]