“Developing face-to-face communication skills is extremely important for young people. Personal relationships depend on them,” Kirt Manecke writes in his book, Smile & Succeed for Teens: A Crash Course in Face-in-Face Communication.
~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-forty-four pages, this paperback targets teens wanting to learn communication skills to get a good job, be promoted, and make a difference. After acknowledgments, introduction, and advice using the book, seven in-depth chapters cover the topic, followed by a summary, notes, index, and the author’s bibliography.
With teens absorbed in their computers, smartphones, and other electronics, many do not know how to communicate properly or professionally. Discussing ten top people skills, readers learn about smiling, eye contact, turning off electronics, using the word please, giving a firm handshake, introducing oneself, paying attention, enthusiasm, asking questions, and having proper body language. The book provides tips on job interviews, six “P”s of preparation, treating others, people skills, and making a difference. Several gray shaded areas offer the writer’s personal experiences on the topics.
~ Why ~
Focusing mainly on a teen getting a job, excelling and keeping it, and giving back to others, this handbook covers the concepts thoroughly. There is much to say about presentation, etiquette, and how to deal with others that young adults need to learn to get further in life. I appreciate the common sense instructions on making others important and volunteering.
~ Why Not ~
With the book concentrating on communication, it mostly involves the work environment. Little is offered on how to communicate with parents, family members, teachers, or peers. Being a beginner’s guide to getting a job, it may not be as informative to a mature teen who has been working several years.
~ Who ~
Having thirty years’ experience in sales, marketing, fundraising, and business development, Manecke has written another book on successful customer service.
~ Wish ~
As the book highlights teen employment, it would be nice to include other communication venues and how to deal with different personalities.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book to give a preteen or young teen who wants to enter the workplace, this may help a novice who needs more direction.
Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.
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