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March 25 in Cambridge, MA: How to Make Money Without Becoming a Republican

February 24, 2012

How to Make Money Without Becoming a Republican
Date/Time: Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 11:45 am (60 minutes)
Location: Le Meridien Hotel
Tuition: $35

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Description: Jennifer Dziura lives a double life — as an educational humorist, and as a writer and, where she gives career and life coaching advice. Her column, “Bullish,” advocates fiendish hard work, dastardly cleverness, extreme advance planning, and overall panache. Jennifer will talk about finding your target market, cultivating multiple income steams, and thinking productively about money without becoming an asshole. Her one-woman show “The History of Women in 30 Minutes” also appears in the festival.

About the Instructor: Jennifer Dziura makes bank without anyone telling her when to get up in the morning. She likes to help.

Bullish: Teamwork Is Overrated (How To Be A Lone Unicorn)

February 24, 2012

I started thinking about lone wolves when a friend told me her hiring problem. She posted a job listing for a fundraiser – a very good, executive-level job – and everyone who applied kept talking about how they work well in teams.

Interviewer: “What’s the first thing you would do?”

Many candidates: “I’d assemble a great team!”

Interviewer: “No. Your team includes this receptionist. She’s right here. Try again.”
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March 25 in Cambridge, MA: The History of Women in 30 Minutes

February 24, 2012

Part of “A Night of Oral (Tradition)” — more info here.

(The show was originally 60 minutes, but 30 minutes is all I get in a festival of 200+ hilarious ladies!)

Bullish: What I Learned About Business from Being a Low-Rent Model

February 23, 2012

Bullish: What I Learned About Business from Being a Low-Rent Model

Fashion Week has come to an end, and we in New York will soon no longer be subjected to ads about “Mercedes Benz Fashion Week’s” official fiber snack bar (Fiber One) and diet soda (Pepsi). Hey, in 2005, Fashion Week had an official toilet.

(Do any companies out there want to provide Bullish’s “official espresso” and “official post-Bullish wheat beer”? And “official shoulder massage provided by a muscular gentleman”?)

So, in a followup to this week’s Bullish Life Fashion Week Edition: What Modeling Taught Me About Men, Money, and Life and How to Hold a DIY Fashion Show on TheGloss, I’d like to share a few business lessons I learned as a low-rent model. More »

Announcing: Geek Week NYC at Housing Works

February 17, 2012

Not to be confused with Boston’s Geek Week Comedy (April 25-29), in which I will also be participating, Housing Works’ Geek Week (March 6-12) is a booksale (30% off sci fi, fantasy, comics, vintage vinyl, science and math books all week) and geeky event extravaganza.

Thursday, March 8

Geek Week Spelling Bee

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St. in Soho

From “broccoli” to “triskaidekaphobia,” relive or redeem your grade school humiliations, but with beer! A real, grown up spelling bee hosted by Jennifer Dziura and bobbyblue of the famed Williamsburg Spelling Bee. Everyone gets a “freebie” (first word you miss doesn’t count!), so you can relax and have some geeky fun.

More at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe Event Calendar.

Friday, March 9

Geek Week Trivia Happy Hour

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St. in Soho

Our regular Friday Night Happy Hour gets competitive with this special Geek Week trivia night on the theme “Geeks vs. Nerds.”

How do you tell which one you are? Clock what most bothers you about this sentence:

“Aragorn’s story is one not only of protecting Frodo on his way to Mordor, but of returning to Dagobah and becoming it’s rightful king.”

If you said “ARRGGH! Someone confused The Lord of the Rings with Star Wars!”, you’re a geek. If you said, “ARRGGH! The possessive form of ‘it’ does not have an apostrophe!”, you’re a nerd. If your head exploded, you’re probably both.

Hosted by Kevin Harrington of Boston’s Geek Week Comedy and Jen Dziura, co-host of the famed Williamsburg Spelling Bee. Drink and mingle with other geeks and nerds as Jen and Kevin pipe in every 20 minutes or so with quiz questions. Play alone or as a team.

More at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe Event Calendar.

Bonus Post: How To Hold A DIY Fashion Show (Even In A Church!)

February 16, 2012

A few ways to hold a successful DIY fashion show, no matter the venue. More »

Bullish Life Fashion Week Edition: What Modeling Taught Me About Men, Money, and Life

February 16, 2012

Being a pretty girl doesn’t get you that far. I don’t just mean a girl who happens to be pretty. I mean a girl trying to make it almost entirely on being pretty. A girl putting herself out there, saying, “I’ve noticed I’m kind of pretty!” More »

Bullish: The Resume Wall Street Is Laughing At, And What We Can Learn From It

February 11, 2012

This recruiting season, an NYU student wrote a “laughable” cover letter for J.P. Morgan. According to Yahoo! Finance:

Since Thursday, February 2, when a Bank of America Merrill Lynch director forwarded the cover letter out to his entire team, offering drinks “to the first analyst to concisely summarize everything that is wrong with” the note, it has passed through more than a dozen firms.

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Bullish Life: Overcoming Perfectionism (and Still Being a Special Unicorn)

February 7, 2012

This week, let’s hear from a reader I’ll call Vanessa Williams, after the former Miss America (1984) whose mistakes (nudie pics!) actually worked out pretty damn well in the end. More »

Bullish: How To Make A Career Out Of The 10,000 Things You Want To Do

February 6, 2012

If you grow up being told that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, and that girls can be President and go to the moon, it kind of leaves you a little paralyzed by all options, doesn’t it? Or even guilty that you’re not an astronaut. (Or better: PRESIDENT ASTRONAUT!) More »

Bullish Life: What To Do When You’re Surrounded By Lazy Idiots (and Sweet, Fragile Simpletons)

February 1, 2012

Some things really are a zero-sum game. Your time is limited, both every day and in terms of the years you have on this earth. You only have the emotional bandwidth for a certain number of close connections. Every input port you waste means that there is some incredible other person you will not meet or get to know more deeply. I moved to New York knowing that the people I just casually ran into would be more like me: they got themselves here because where they were wasn’t good enough.

There are six billion people on earth. There’s nothing wrong with moving on to some new ones. More »