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Smile For Teens - Press Kit

Kirt Manecke

@ 248-685-0483

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Technology killing eye contact? How to ensure teens succeed in today’s wired world

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CONTACT: Kirt Manecke 248-685-0483, kirt@smilethebook.com
Website: www.SmiletheBook.com
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Technology killing eye contact? How to ensure teens succeed in today’s wired world
Crash course book provides easy ways for teens to succeed in school, work, and life

Milford, MI — Poor eye contact and weak people skills plague many teens. Consumed with their electronic devices, most teenagers have a lot to learn before they can stand out at or even land a job. When a teen exhibits excellent people skills, it’s like a ray of sunshine. According to one author, it’s easy for teens to excel, and when they do, it translates to success in school, work, and life.

Kirt Manecke, award-winning author of Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must-Know People Skills for Today’s Wired World (www.SmiletheBook.com), says, “Good people skills are a teen’s #1 secret weapon to achieve success. Many teenagers are not learning these important life skills. This short book provides teens with a quick, easy, and fun way to become an expert communicator.”

Winner of the Mom’s Choice Gold Award honoring excellence, the IPPY Gold Award recognizing excellence, and the Teachers' Choice Award, Smile & Succeed for Teens is touted as a “crash course” designed to be read cover-to-cover quickly and easily. Interesting facts, fun illustrations, famous quotations, real life examples, and how to instructions help teens master and apply the information.

With sections like, “Make Good Eye Contact”, “Turn Off the Electronics”, “Find that Job”, “Don’t Make the Customer Wait”, and “Make Your Life Extraordinary: Make a Difference”, the book, according to Manecke, delivers both the basics, and a few surprises as well.

With people skills among the top attributes businesses expect when interviewing and hiring, and with employers everywhere saying young people lack these skills that are critical to be successful at work, there’s a huge disconnect. “The parents that recognize this and take action to help their teens master great people skills will ensure their teens will thrive,” says Manecke.

Smile & Succeed for Teens is available for $9.95 at online booksellers, area gift stores, at www.SmiletheBook.com or by calling 248-685-0483.


Contact
Solid Press, LLC
PO Box 145
Milford, MI 48381
248-685-0483 or kirt@smilethebook.com
www.SmiletheBook.com

About the Author: Short Summary

Kirt Manecke is an award-winning author, and sales, marketing, fundraising, and business development specialist with over 30 years of experience surprising and delighting customers. A former owner of an award-winning specialty store, he lives in Milford, Michigan. His book Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service is the winner of 8 awards. His book Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must-Know People Skills for Today’s Wired World is the winner of 3 awards.

Short Video Book Trailer (1 minute, 20 seconds)

Product Info.
Smile & Succeed for Teens
Retail price: $9.95 softcover
131 pages
Copyright: 2014
ISBN: 978-0-9850762-1-4

Made in the USA

BOOK DESCRIPTION
Smile & Succeed for Teens is a crash course in social skills and job skills for teens and tweens. Winner of the Mom's Choice Gold Award honoring excellence, Teachers' Choice Award, and IP Gold Award recognizing excellence.
 

eBook 
Available in eBook format for Kindle, Nook and iPad, iPhone or iPod touch (with free Kindle app), and Kindle for PC and Nook for PC to read on your PC.

Quote from award-winning author Kirt Manecke:
“I wrote Smile & Succeed for Teens to provide a quick and easy way for teens to learn critical people skills to succeed in school, work and life. It’s a crash course, which means teens will read it, and they can start today.”

Video: Presentation at Oak Valley Middle School

Author Kirt Manecke gives presentation in video above to students at Oak Valley Middle School in Milford, MI. He talks about the importance of social skills and providing good customer service at work.
 

What People are Saying

  •  The book is fantastic and full of great reminders. Sometimes the little things are what makes a difference between two services. I am going to make this book a working part of my business. Not only is it full of great principles, it helps to pull our focus towards what is important and why we are successful; our clients!

    Rhett Reader
    Owner, Milford Counseling, Milford, MI
  •  Very nicely done. Lots of very practical advice and short enough that it is not intimidating to front line staff and supervision.

    John Goodman
    Author, Strategic Customer Service: Managing the Customer Experience to Increase Positive Word of Mouth, Build Loyalty, and Maximize Profits
  •  I love this book! It’s a big hit. One customer bought one book and she loved it so much she came back a week later and purchased FIVE more books!

    SUZANNE GILBERT
    Main Street Art, Milford, MI
  •  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!

    JONEEN MACKENZIE
    President & Founder, The Center for Relationship Education, CO
  •  I love your book! It was a quick and easy read. It is perfect for any teen looking to get that first job and not only succeed in getting the job, but keeping the job. It’s common sense to us, but not to today’s technology connected students. I also liked how they connected activities students are already doing and interested in, into first time job opportunities. The book provides information that a parent may or may not provide to their teen. Even if they did, we know teens don’t always listen to their parents. My own kids, just by seeing the cover, wanted to take a look at it.

    The ideas presented could be easily incorporated into the classroom. I think it should be on every Career Development Practitioner/Counselor’s bookshelf!

    JENNIFER KLUESNER
    Oakland Schools (MI), Regional Career Development and Career Cruising Coordinator
  •  My big brother and I want to start a dog walking business. Smile & Succeed for Teens will really help us get started.

    CHASE
    teenager

Giving Back, Investing in a Better World

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1% of the sales of Smile & Succeed for Teens is donated to animal welfare.
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