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Meet The Author

Meet The Author

Kirt 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.

winner-11-awards-kirt-maneckeKirt's books have won 11 awards. Quick-easy social skills for teens! He spent nine months meeting with teens for his award-winning book on social skills for teens,
Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must Know People Skill for Today’s Wired World.


What People are Saying

  •  Over the years I’ve read Dale Carnegie, Zig Ziglar and others. But I think you’re right on target with your nice little book called Smile. Congratulations on a job well done! It’s loaded with good, good stuff. It’s just dynamite.

    Dr. Joseph Mastomatteo, DDS, Birmingham, MI
  •  I learned how not smiling can affect me. I am glad I read it.

  •  Thanks for your great book! It has all of those great secrets that shouldn’t be secret
    at all.

    Steve Qua
    Former Buick auto dealer and former Chairman, HeadWaters Land Conservancy
  •  Smile is very simple, very effective. It helps me create the environment I want for my employees and customers. Everything in the book is basically common sense, but it’s written so concisely and clearly, it can be read in under an hour. Everyone who works in the store, including myself, is responsible for reading Smile. We want everyone to understand how important it is to do as the book recommends.

    Ken Snook
    Owner, Colasanti’s Market, Highland, MI
  •  Love it!!! Great book for Tweens and Teens! Simple skills that many of our young ones are missing! A must read!

    in southeast Michigan
  •  A really great book – perfect! An absolutely fantastic book, full of good, solid, fundamental ideas and recommendations that every teen should take some time to read. This is a perfect book for a parent to give to give young teen to help them understand key ideas about communication, respect, interpersonal communications and how to get a job or start their own small business as teenager. This is just a really great little book!!!!

    Author, Awesomely Simple


Preparing Teens to Succeed in the Workplace, January 25, 2016

"Smile & Succeed for Teens has become an integral part of our life skills curriculum." 

Book Review: Smile & Succeed for Teens. Learning While Teaching, December 19, 2015

“I recommend the book.” 

Communication Skills for Teens: Learning Table, December 18, 2015

"Kirt spent nine months meeting with teens for his book Smile & Succeed for Teens" 

January Jones-Smile and Succeed for Teens with Kirt Manecke radio interview, November 26, 2015

"I think your book should be in every school in the country." 

Book Review: Smile and Succeed for Teens by Kirt Manecke, November 4, 2015

"I suggest you get a copy of the book and pass it along." 

Smile Training Kit


Quickly and easily train your staff in customer service and sales! Affordable, quick and effective. Get the customer service training book used by Neiman Marcus and others in this one-of-a-kind training kit. Make training your staff quick, fun and profitable. ONLY $179.95. FREE SHIPPING



Now you can buy the SOFTCOVER Teaching Guide for Smile & Succeed for Teens. Created by teachers for teachers. Social skills for teens made quick and easy! Popular with schools, teachers, church youth groups and more.

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