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  • Ariana Bond, SELF magazine

    Even a rock-star employee (ahem, that's you) can use a little assist sometimes. These savvy tactics make it easy to send out an SOS without feeling like a total loser.

    Your worry: People will think I have no clue about what I'm doing.

    Why you shouldn't sweat it: You'll come off as more flaky if you keep quiet and struggle instead of requesting some direction. But keep it simple: Ask a manager to double-check your first-draft memo-not to write it for you. Seeking a second opinion is wise.

    What to say: Lead with something like "I've pulled together some solid ideas for this project." Then go in for the ask: "Do you think you could take a look at my plan?" You want to emphasize that you've got things under control, advises Garret Keizer, author of Help: The Original Human Dilemma. Practice out loud a few times. See? You sound totally capable.

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    Your worry: All my coworkers seem so busy. I'd ha

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  • Group Interview

    Feeling prepared, you walk into the office for your interview. You introduce yourself and are promptly led to the conference room-only to find five other candidates waiting.

    Group interviews can take you by surprise, but more and more, companies are using them to effectively find job candidates and expedite the interview process. And with the rising importance of office dynamics, group interviews aren't going away. Here's a quick primer: Group interviews can include both multiple interviewers and multiple candidates. As a group, you may be asked to answer typical interview questions, but you may also be put to the test. Expect to find a problem solving or work-simulation exercise, along with discussion around the problem solving process. The purpose of this style of interview is to see how you interact with others, demonstrate your skills in a crowd, and solve problems on the spot.

    Your goal in this setting is to stand out (in a good way), so that you can move past this first round a

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  • Sharon Naylor is the bestselling author of over 35 wedding books for brides, bridesmaids and the mothers of the bride and groom. Her titles have spent time in the #1 book, e-book and wishlist spots on Amazon and BN.com for their categories. Here is an exclusive sneak peek from her new book, The Bride's Guide to Freebies: Enhancing Your Wedding Without Selling Out.

    Imagine how wonderful it would be to get thousands of dollars worth of wedding merchandise and products for free. In my new book The Bride's Guide to Freebies, I reveal freebie-finding strategies on everything from the dress to the food to the entertainment, information on what to say (and not say) to score lots of swag, and tips on how to foster positive relationships with vendors. Unlike some "freebies" that aren't worth the hassle -- alterations that have your gown falling apart at the seams, iPod playlists that clear the dance floor -- these smart tactics won't put your wedding at risk. Here, top secrets to help yo

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    By Amy Shearn

    The Pinterest-Pretty Wedding at the Italian Villa

    No, you're not imagining it. These days, one in four couples ties the knot in a far-flung locale rather than the local country club, according to a study by TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com. In other words, 24 percent of nuptials are now destination weddings, up from 20 percent in 2009, and the chances are good you'll be invited to one of them. Even assuming your hosts follow the etiquette suggested by TheKnot.com's Destination Wedding site and provide you with free events and transportation during the festivities, you're still going to be on the hook for your own airfare, hotel rooms, restaurant meals, kenneling pets at home and so on. So remember what a joy it is to be able to share this blessed event as you set aside the $1,500 or so it will take to make it happen.

    Fixing Your Forever Boots

    In the 18th century, people generally had one pair of shoes that they repaired and wore and repaired ad infinitum.

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  • Movies

    Best your pals at your annual movie-awards party with our slate of Academy Awards trivia.

    1. Three films have tied for winning 11 awards, the most ever: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Titanic (1997), Ben Hur (1959).

    2. The youngest ever Oscar winner was Tatum O'Neal, 10, for Paper Moon (1973); the oldest was Christopher Plummer, 82, for his role in Beginners (2011). In 2013, two actresses made history as the youngest and oldest nominees ever named in the category: Quvenzhané Wallis, 9, for Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Emmanuelle Riva, 85, for Amour.

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    3. Singer Michael Jackson paid $1.54 million in 1999 to Sotheby's for David Selznick's Best Picture Oscar for the 1939 classic Gone With the Wind.

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    4. Walt Disney holds the records for both the most Academy Award nominations (59) and Oscars won (26).

    5. Peter O'Toole holds the record for most Best Actor nominations

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