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Technology Is Stopping Communication

Have you noticed the way kids are constantly staring at their cell phones? They spend more time looking at that little screen than engaging with each other, face to face. The technology created to enhance personal communication is actually blocking it.
Success in Life Depends on Communication

Research from Harvard University says that with the technological shift in the labor market, strong social skills are increasingly important. Is your teen prepared? Smile & Succeed for Teens is an attention-grabbing crash course in social skills and job skills that helps teens get better grades, develop meaningful relationships with parents and peers, and find (or even create) a fulfilling career. For middle- and high-school-aged kids, 12+.


 Price: $9.95

Key Takeaways for Teens Include:

• How to land a job (and keep it!)
• The important life skills your first job can teach you
• The many benefits of volunteering
• How to handle stress
• What colleges are looking for in applicants, and a lot more.


-Mom's Choice Gold Award honoring excellence in family friendly products
-Teachers' Choice Award for the Classroom
-IP Gold Award recognizing excellence


​From the 2017 Study "Teen Reading in the Digital Era"

"​“70% of study participants say they read for pleasure at least weekly, with 50% claiming to read for a minimum of 15 minutes daily.”

And because the Bureau of Labor Statistics says teens may read for pleasure as little as six minutes per day, Smile & Succeed for Teens is structured to be read in small doses. It was written with teen reading habits and preferences in mind.

Check out this excerpt from the book


Teens Are Reading—and Loving—“Smile & Succeed for Teens”!

Why? Because they helped write it! As any parent or teacher will tell you, in order to get through to a teenager, you have to grab—and hold—their attention. Smile & Succeed for Teens was written with the help of teens to make sure it would capture their interest, and keep them reading.

Short Video Book Trailer (1 minute, 20 seconds)

Short Video Book Trailer
A quick overview of Smile & Succeed for Teens presented by the author, Kirt Manecke.

"What this book does is it tells teens how to leave people with a good first impression. Teens who follow the advice in this book will have more friends, better jobs and more success all through life. I can't recommend this book highly enough. I give it my ultimate 100 star rating."-The Rebecca Review

A unique “back to basics” formula that gives teens the essential communication skills for making friends, impressing potential employers and college recruiters, and getting a head-start on the path to success. 

Perfect for teens who are:

·  looking for a job
·  already working
·  planning to start their own business
·  looking to volunteer
·  applying to colleges
·   not yet clear on a career path. 
Smile & Succeed for Teens is based on the award-winning book Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service – the Essential 60-minute Crash Course.
In addition to including special topics exclusively for teens and pre-teens, the book is also visually structured to capture and keep the interest of teens. Use of repeating visual cues and chunking of information makes the content easy to digest, and a super-fast read.
Even the book’s illustrations were created to capture interest while delivering useful information. In addition, a combination of famous quotations and real-life examples help to clarify the ideas presented and make them both memorable and relevant.
Smile & Succeed for Teens can be read cover to cover, but it also serves as an effective quick-reference guide for kids with an ultra-short attention span. Teens can use the book like a dictionary or encyclopedia, finding the topic they need help with in the Table of Contents, and going directly to that section of the book.
Teens won't only walk away with information. They will walk away with a step-by-step process for applying what they’ve learned.

Make a great first impression!

    • Teens seeking to improve people skills, self-esteem and confidence
    • Teens who are shy
    • Teens looking for a job, voluntering or who want to jump start their career
    • Teens working in jobs such as fast food, restaurants, retail, or other businesses
    • Teens who are self-employed or who would like to start their own business
    • Teens applying to college
    • Teens with autism, ADHD, and other special needs
    • Teachers, including special education teachers, social workers, psychologists and counselors
    • Parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other caring adults working with teens as they navigate through some of the most challenging transitions they will ever face
    • Employers employing teens
    • Nonprofit volunteer managers and coordinators
    • Church and other youth group leaders
    • Teens and young adults in transition programs
    • Teachers teaching emotional intelligence and their students
    • Vocational rehabilitation students-teens and young adults
    • Homeschool teachers and students


A unique “back to basics” formula that gives teens the essential communication skills for making friends, impressing potential employers and college recruiters, and getting a head-start on the path to success.



social-skills-for-teenagersEasily Fits into Your Current Curriculum
The perfect supplement book-choose one or more activity from the book to do per day, per week, or per month in whatever order works best for you and your students. Whether you purchase 2,000 books for your district like Toledo Public Schools did, or a 30 book Classroom Pack like Mumford High School, we can accomodate your needs.
Lexile: 720L
Learn about the Classroom Packs.


  • Toledo Public Schools
  • Huron Valley School District
  • Lakeland High School
  • Hartland High School
  • Oakland ISD/Oakland Schools
  • Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek
  • Washtenaw ISD Special Education
  • Lapeer County ISD Career Education
  • Summit Academy
  • Lincoln Education Center
  • EHOVE Career Center-Job Placement
  • Dunckel Middle School
  • Pettisville Schools
  • Our Lady of the Lakes Middle School
  • Muir Middle School
  • White Lake Middle School
  • Second Chance Academy
  • St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency Special Education Classes
  • West Side School District
  • Faytette County Public Schools
  • Farmington Alternative High School
  • Garrett-Keyser-Butler CSD
  • Lake Country School District
  • Mcpherson Middle School
  • Columbiana County Opportunity School
  • AIM High School
  • Warren Career Preparation Center
  • Silverado High School
  • North Clayton High School
  • Crestwood High School
  • Mumford High School
  • Van Buren Public Schools
  • Susquehannock High School
  • San Mateo County Office of Education
  • North Mahaska Schools
  • Swartz Creek Community Schools
  • Many, many more.

Teaching Guide

For middle and high school teachers, special education teachers, autism centers, church and other youth groups, and more. Learn about the Teaching Guide

FREE PDF Teaching Guide with your purchase of a classroom pack(s).


    Also available in eBook format for Kindle, Nook and iPad, iPhone or iPod touch (with free Kindle app).

Giving Back, Investing in a Better World


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


Smile & Succeed for Teens is printed on FSC certified paper.

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