Kirt's books are used by Neiman Marcus, BancorpSouth, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and many others. These books are crash courses - concise, quick, and easy to read to help you generate immediate results. Kirt's books have won 11 awards, including the coveted Teachers' Choice Awards, and prestigious Mom's Choice Gold Awards. Kirt spent nine months meeting with teens for his award-winning book on job skills and social skills for teens,
Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must Know People Skill for Today’s Wired World.
Customer service is the heart of all business – get it right and experience success or settle on being mediocre. This book helps you get it right!
This book deserves to ‘hit it big!’
Smile & Succeed for Teens is perfect for today’s children and young adults! It is concise, has entertaining characters to convey the message, and gives practical examples to use in today’s world. This book covers basic manners, teaches sales techniques but also skills on how to sell themselves as the best candidate when applying for a job. A suprise bonus is the chapter, Be A Rock Star, which addresses the personal benefits of fundraising and volunteering and looks great on a resume’. In each chapter includes fun-filled facts or tips and websites for more information on a specific topic. Well done, Mr. Manecke, five stars!
SMILE’s easy-to-use format and well-rounded content makes it this book a informative source for those wanting to brush up on their social skills, a nice companion to an existing training program or a simple strategy for a small company to follow, or a foundation on which to build a customer service program.
Though touted as a customer service tool, much of Manecke’s advice is based on common sense social etiquette, effective communication skills and basic psychology that makes SMILE appealing and relevant to a vast audience ranging from employees and employers, high school students to high level business people, from sales staff to teachers to anybody that has a job requiring human interaction.
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!
Smile & Succeed for Teens is useful to me because I am shy. I am a babysitter and I learned to smile and make eye contact. I love the pictures!
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