BEYOND TEXTING: the Fine Art of face-to-face communication for teenagers
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The Book

Beyond Texting is the first book for teens to explain how to be plugged in without neglecting the necessity and power of physical, human interaction. Even the most outgoing teen may find a job interview, first date or meeting with a teacher to be challenging because of lack of skill. Offering practical advice and cheat sheets Beyond Texting strives to help teens balance their digital and real world image and relationships. This book is for the teenager who wants to learn to:

  • Prepare for face-to-face teacher meetings, dates, interviews and school events
  • Build social opportunities without the use of social networking sites
  • Avoid conversational "faux pas"
  • Become aware of the importance of body language, eye contact and tone
  • Recognize when your online involvement is interfering with your offline existence
  • Interact with authority figures and an older, less technology-savvy generation
  • Eliminate the trauma of false friendships and bullying

Written by Debra Fine, author of the bestselling books: The Fine Art of Small Talk How to Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills - and Leave a Positive Impression (Hyperion) and The Fine Art of the Big Talk How to Win Clients, Deliver Great Presentations, and Solve Conflicts at Work (Hyperion) translated and published in over 20 countries. Debra travels the globe as keynote speaker and communication expert teaching conversation skills and networking techniques to organizations that include Google, Deloitte, the National Association of School Boards and the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business.

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A Message from the Author

As a parent of now adult children, raising them I was reminded of the social challenges so many of us experienced during our own teen years. Especially communication challenges. Overcoming shyness was a big one for me. Making friends was a constant pursuit, interacting with authority figures caused great nervousness, and attending a meeting or joining a group alone was out of the question. With the advent of texting and social media, face-to-face communication for teenagers is not as necessary or common experience. How does a teenager fare when texting is not an option? My passion is to offer conversation tools and tips to not only teens but equally important the leaders in their lives. This extends from parents and teachers, to leaders in our religious institutions, scouting programs, sororities/ fraternities, camp counselors and all kinds of mentors to young people.

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