Kirt'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.
Before you send your teen out to find a first job, be sure he reads this book! The best thing about this book is that my teenager actually read it. Several things about this book made it “teen readable.” It is not too long (120 pages), the font is not too small and there are clever sketches and drawings every few pages. Have your teen get a job this summer, but before you send him out, have him sit down for a couple of hours and read this book.
Congratulations! It’s a wonderful book, nicely done, and I enjoy the positive message it delivers.
This is one of the best resources available to quickly train a large customer service staff. The book is a quick read and contains proven techniques for closing new clients and maintaining current customers. Manecke has been able to present all the essentials in a quick and engaging fashion.
If you are a Service Desk manager and need to quickly train a staff of 100+ customer service representatives, Manecke’s book is a great resource. Your staff will be able to quickly understand and apply the material which will translate into improved customer service metrics for your company.
You have written a very nuts and bolts practical book
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Fantastic book! Every teen should have this as mandatory reading in their repertoire of social tools. Too many teens have no idea of social interaction without a keyboard. Technology has left, in its wake, a generation of folks who cannot function without a keypad in their hands. Mr. Manecke brings to the teen level a set of skills and actions that have almost vanished from a teen’s personality. “Look them in the eye”, a “firm handshake, and even the taken for granted “please and thank you” are just a few of the points that seem to be fading away with teenagers. I’ve used this book with my own grandchildren and was frankly shocked at their surprise that all this positive behavior not only exists but can enhance a person’s everyday life. Many of the teachers I work with in the upper elementary level are now using this book as part of their own curriculums and the results are both immediate and noticeable. The illustrations are excellent. It is long enough to be thorough and complete, but not so long that it loses the reader. The people skills are spot on and can be applied to anything from social interaction to job interviews, to the written word. Five stars is not enough to do this book justice!!!! I highly recommend it to parents, educators, even grandparents. Thanks so much Mr. Manecke!
Just finished reading Smile and Succeed for Teens. As a youth serving professional, I am struck at how simple and direct this book is with wonderful tools for teens. It is written in accordance with the concrete nature of teen brain development. Many know that the adolescent brain is developed except for the pre frontal cortex which is not completely developed until the mid twenties. The prefrontal cortex is where executive cognitive functioning and decision making takes place. Young people need these simple skills for making friends, getting a job, succeeding in school, and working toward their hopes and dreams. This book is a must have! Thank you Kirt Manecke for caring enough about young people to give them another tool for their toolbox on the road to success. This book showcases how easy it is to be above average!
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