With the world of technology advancing and face-to-face communication becoming less common, it is no wonder the many “manner” and “etiquette” books fall short of reaching young people who are fully enveloped in a digital age. Faye de Muyshondt’s socialsklz:-) for Success ($16.00) is not only relevant, touching on topics of email, social networking, cyberbullying, and smartphones, but also breathes life into the basics: how to speak, shake hands, make conversation, and behave in all social settings. Although they are not typically taught in school, research has shown that teaching these skills increases academic scores.
Faye de Muyshondt was an adjunct professor in the Steinhardt School of Communications at New York University with a 13-year business background in public relations and marketing. After seeing her own students’ unpolished manners in and outside the classroom, she developed a course titled “The Brand Called You.” In 2008, she extended the course to New York Public schools as well as organizations such as the YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Girl Scouts of America. Motivated by her younger students’ improvement and desire to learn, de Muyshondt began socialsklz:-) tools to thrive in the modern world, a workshop for all ages that opened to the public in October 2009 in New York City. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, daughter, and polite pooch.
A guide to professional social skills for kids of the digital age.