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Smile and Succeed for Teens: Must-Know People Skills for Today’s Wired World

•        Targeted Audience: Middle School & High School (Ages 10 and Up)
•        Genre: Nonfiction
•        Author: Kirt Manecke
•        Publisher: Solid Press
•        Publication Date: June 6, 2014
•        Binding: Paperback
•        Dimensions: 5.5″ x 8.5″
•        Printing: Black & White
•        Length: 144 Pages
•        Retail: $9.95
•        ISBN: 978-0985076214

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“One of the most valuable lessons you can learn from this book is PAY ATTENTION to people.

Make good eye contact.
Focus on words they are saying.
Ask questions to clarify when necessary.
Engage in conversation.
Let people finish talking before you respond.”

A Crash Course for Teens in People Skills in a High Tech World

imagesSmile and Succeed for Teens gives adolescents and teens the basic personal and professional skills they need to succeed today and tomorrow, in whatever it is they strive to do. Author Kirt Manecke decided to create this book after writing Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service for adults. In this world of texts, emails and Instagrams, kids need a course in face-to-face social skills now more than ever.

In the seven chapters of the book, learn essential people skills, get tips on getting and keeping a job, learn how to treat others with respect, discover the secrets to successful selling, keep customers happy and make your life extraordinary. Woven within the text of the chapters are useful lists and inspirational quotes too.

What This Book Teaches

Smile and Succeed for Teens can be considered as a How to Win Friends and Influence People guide for teenagers. The practical information set forth in the book is essential for success in life, and these are all lessons not taught in schools – but should be. Manacke’s writing is simple, straight forward and is super easy to read, though it is not preachy or condescending in any way. Cartoon style drawings add to the learning experience and keep the topic light. The book teaches teens that their demeanor, manners and work ethic are what provide them with opportunities to succeed. The strategies for selling their skills as well as selling products are invaluable here, and the book teaches them how to go the extra mile. These are tools that lay the foundation for a future that is bright, no matter what field your child delves into down the road.

Why You Should Buy This Book

Kids who implement the tips in Smile and Succeed for Teens will stand above all the rest. The book provides them with Social-skills-for-teenscommon sense tactics outlining a blueprint of success that will follow them into adulthood. Teens who practice these winning strategies will form positive, professional habits that will set them apart from many of their peers. It’s a competitive world, and those who want to have fulfilling careers, be respected for their work and foster long lasting relationships can use all the help they can get. The tips here can be utilized, not only for jobs and careers, but also for getting into college and securing scholarships. I commend Kirt Manecke for writing a book for teens like this, on a topic that is generally written for adults. If our schools don’t teach these skills, then it’s imperative we provide our kids with other means to learn them. Smile and Succeed for Teens motivates the reader while it teaches these life skills.

About the Author

© Carl R. Sams IIKirt Manecke is a an award-winning author and sales, marketing, fundraising, and business development specialist with over 30 years of experience surprising and delighting customers. Smile and Succeed for Teens is based on Kirt’s award-winning book Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service, (winner of 8 awards) promoting and teaching the simple premise that good service is good business.  In addition to his work, Kirt is a strong proponent of buying local to create thriving downtowns and supports the 3/50 Project. He is also passionate about land conservation and also supports local farmer’s markets along with dog and cat animal rescue groups. (1% of the proceeds from Kirt’s books are donated to animal welfare.) He is also a volunteer judge at DECA conferences to help high school and college students become our next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs. Kirt lives in Milford, Michigan.

Further Learning

  1. Download the Teacher’s Guide.
  2. Read articles that help teens succeed.
  3. Read FREE Tips for Teens.
  4. Watch the Book Trailer.

6 Thoughts.

  1. In this age of technology, these basics are still so important and human skills that every teen (and adult) need to know!

  2. This seems like a really great book for my 13 year old. He does much better with book that aren’t too crazy deep/detailed, I like the simple cartoon drawings and light ways of communicating what needs to be said. My boy always liked the diary of a wimpy kid books and the pics in those, so I think this would immediately give a familiar feel to it and make him interested in reading it!

  3. I have six teenagers ages 18 to 15 and think this book would help them learn life skills needed. It also looks like a good read for me too.

  4. As a school counselor this book would be an awesome tool/resource that could be used in working with individual students, parents, groups or even classroom lessons! <3 it!

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