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.
Kirt wrote the award-winning book Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service to promote and teach the simple premise that good service is good business – that if you treat your customers well, you will be rewarded in return. A crash course – it’s quick and easy to implement. BancorpSouth, Neiman Marcus, and many others use Smile for training.
Kirt Manecke’s passion for customer service and sales began years ago, when he co-founded an award-winning start-up – Surf's Up - a specialty retail business in Michigan. Having worked at other businesses during college, Kirt wanted his own company to be different and better; to train its employees in ways that would result in more sales and profits.
Kirt developed an extensive and innovative six-week customer service and sales training program for new employees, where they were introduced to proven techniques and had to pass a test before joining the sales team. The program worked. Kirt watched as confidence – and customer satisfaction and sales – soared. The tenets taught in this first training program provided the basis of his award-winning book Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service.
Kirt took Surf's Up from a start-up to a beloved award-winning specialty retail business. Known through the Midwest for excellent, friendly customer service and a vast selection of high quality merchandise, Surf's Up won West Bloomfield's Most Beautiful Store Award. Through Kirt's leadership and customer service and sales training, Surf's Up became the leading Midwest dealer for brands such as Oakley, O'Neill, Burton Snowboards, Thule, Rollerblade and others.
When Kirt opened Surf's Up, with a large competing dealer directly across the street, and another competitor down the street, all leading manufactures' lines were tied up. Kirt knew that by delivering excellent customer service and delighting one customer at a time, Surf's Up would eventually flourish. Soon his two competitors in the area went out of business, leaving Kirt's business open to take on all leading lines.
Going in-depth with merchandise to ensure in-stock products, customer delight, life-time repeat customers, and referrals, along with training employees to become experts in every product carried along with the competitor's products, was Surf's Up's competitive advantage. Kirt's strategy via in-stock inventory, excellent customer service, friendly, helpful, trained expert salespeople, and genuine suggestive selling, was to:
One of the biggest reasons donors stop donating money to a charity is that they don't feel appreciated and fail to receive a thank you note. Kirt's books are all about helping for profits and nonprofits deliver amazing customer service.
Kirt's book Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service is featured in Animal Sheltering Magazine from the Humane Society in the article "Going the Extra Smile: To save more animals, remember the little things". Kirt's advice has also been featured in Saving Land Magazine from the Land Trust Alliance in the article "Turbocharge Your Land Trust".
These books are SUPER SHORT. Kirt wrote them for busy teens, tweens and adults, so they only cover what you really need to know. You can read the books on a short airplane ride. They are an easy, engaging read.
Here's what one reviewer said:
"Quick and Easy! Great book and is a quick read. It covers a lot of the basics that are overlooked. I highly recommend it."
Another reviewer said:
"Get Your Employees Started Right! Does your company need customers? Do you need to KEEP them? This book is the perfect starting point for any employee who will interact with customers."
Kirt is currently at work on a Parents' Guide for Smile & Succeed for Teens, a large print edition of Smile & Succeed for Teens for visually impaired kids, along with an audio book, and a children's picture book on social skills.
Kirt is a member of Birmingham Toastmasters. He is also a volunteer judge at DECA conferences to help high school and college students become our next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs.
A former owner of a public relations company, he volunteers his time and skills to help groups saving natural lands, and working to end animal cruelty. He is the chair of the Animals Asia Michigan Volunteer Group, a group devoted to supporting the nonprofit Animals Asia effort to end bear farming and rescue animals from cruelty. Kirt focuses on raising funds for Animals Asia to fund life-saving surgery for badly abused bears.
1% of the sales of Kirt's books are donated to animal welfare. He also donates autographed copies of his books to many charities for silent auctions. Nonprofit organizations receiving donations include Animals Asia, Animal Defenders International, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Last Chance Rescue, Black Pines Animal Sanctuary (IN), Mississippi Valley Land Conservancy, Michigan Animal Adoption Network, and others. Learn about Kirt’s work with his SMILE books to save animals on his Giving Back page.
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Smile & Succeed for Teens Social Skills and Job Skills Presentation: Kirt Manecke
ENSURING A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR KIDS
A young girl at Living and Learning in downtown Northville, MI learns
social skills from Smile & Succeed for Teens.
Your teens are set up for success after they read Smile & Succeed for Teens.
Are you thinking about self-publishing a book but have no idea where to start? Award-winning author, book publishing and marketing expert Kirt Manecke can help you with self-publishing, marketing, sales, public relations and more.
In a one-hour telephone consultation Kirt will answer your questions and help make your book a success. Email your questions in advance and Kirt will have tips and answers to your questions ready when you call.
Skyrocket your donations! Kirt provides personalized fundraising services based on your needs. He can also dramatically improve the effectiveness of your website, newsletter, social media, public relations, sponsorships, and fundraising programs. Turn your nonprofit into a leading change agent. Kirt's passions are helping land trusts and animal rescue groups exceed expectations.
Kirt can research and call potential corporate sponsors or other prospects for you. Let Kirt do some of your important fundraising! Whatever your cause, Kirt will help your nonprofit succeed!
Please contact Kirt Manecke at Kirtm@SmiletheBook.com or at 248-685-0483 if you have any questions and to arrange the date and time of your consultation. All fees are to be paid in advance by check, cash or credit card.
"It takes years to get a customer or donor, and seconds to lose one. I look forward to helping you stop losing customers or donors and start surprising and delighting your customers to keep them coming back for more." Kirt Manecke
Kirt Manecke takes a topic that is so important for success and reduces it down to an extremely easy and understandable concept. Even in this day of technology people still do business with those they know like and trust. This book is easy to read and fun. A book that every teenager and everyone that was ever a teenager should read.
Thank you Kirt for another gem.
This book is very helpful as I often look down when I talk and I also have bad posture.
I loved the book Smile and Succeed for Teens because I found it extremely helpful. Your book could actually change every teen’s life around the world. The book has changed my perception of people skills by teaching me to pay attention and listen whenever someone is telling me something. The parts of the book that were most useful were calling people by name, shake hands firmly, and to apologize and mean it.
I read your book cover-to-cover yesterday. Really good stuff, AND it took me around 45 minutes. Great lessons, lots of wisdom, engagingly written, beautifully produced, exceptionally unintimidating, and most importantly, easy for anyone (from novice employees to seasoned folks) to get through fast. In our moving-at-the speed-of-light world, a book like this is a true gift for any service business looking to easily separate themselves from the herd.
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!
Read your book SMILE and loved the practical how-to common sense approach. Every teenager getting their first service job whether in retail or restaurant should be required to read it. Poor customer service is a pet-peeve of mine, from anyone of any age. Can’t wait to read your next two books!