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Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently

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Only one thing stands between you and success.

It isn't experience.

It isn't talent.

World-renowned leadership expert John C. Maxwell says if you want to succeed, you must learn how to connect with people. And while it may seem like some folks are just born with it, the fact is anyone can learn how to make every communication an opportunity for a powerful connection. In Every
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 28th 2010 by Thomas Nelson (first published 2010)
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Feb 21, 2012 Al rated it really liked it
Everyone Communicates, Few Connect (John Maxwell)

Central Truths

1. If you want to succeed, you must learn how to connect with others.
2. High achievers care about people, view subordinates optimistically, seek advice from subordinates, and listens well to everyone.
3. Maturity is the ability to see and act on behalf of others.
4. We remember 85% to 90% of what we see; less than 15% of what we hear.
5. Connecting always requires energy; must intentionally and willingly connect with others. This requir
Daniel Butcher
Sep 10, 2010 Daniel Butcher rated it it was amazing
John C. Maxwell in Everyone Communicates Few Connect provides guidance to help leaders move from talking and sharing information to connecting to audiences, ranging from one on one to large audiences. Maxwell breaks his work into two parts; principles the theory of connection, and practices, how to connect. At the end of each chapter, Maxwell provides an overview of the major points of each chapter and tips on applying each chapter’s content for different audiences. The author reminds us that in ...more
Thomas Holbrook
Dec 26, 2011 Thomas Holbrook rated it it was ok

John C. Maxwell is a well-respected, widely known, much awarded leadership expert. In case the reader was unaware of this fact, he/she well is reminded – frequently – in the first fifty pages of this book. I can only assume this is Mr. Maxwell’s way of establishing credibility quickly, but I found it very distracting to be told how qualified the author is every other page. This self-aggrandizement proved to be unneeded, as the content of the book was good, the writing clear & engaging with
May 23, 2010 Danny rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this look at connecting. It communicates 5 principles and 5 practices for connecting.
Part 1: Connecting Principles
1. Connecting Increases Your Influence in Every Situation
2. Connecting Is All About Others
3. Connecting Goes Beyond Words
4. Connecting Always Requires Energy
5. Connecting Is More Skill Than Natural Talent
Part 2: Connecting Practices
1. Connectors Connect on Common Ground
2. Connectors Do the Difficult Work of Keeping It Simple
3. Connectors Create an Experience Everyone Enjoys
Melissa Krabbe
Oct 07, 2010 Melissa Krabbe rated it it was amazing
I love this book! There are so many great ideas in it that it’s hard to know where to start commenting on them. So I’ve picked my top ten, which I’ve described in reverse order. I’ve also included a couple of concerns.

Number 10: Maxwell demonstrates connecting by using blog comments in this book. He talks about the need to “be the message” (210) in order to most effectively inspire people, so I thought it was appropriate that Maxwell himself demonstrates how he is connecting with people by the w
Mar 16, 2013 Jeff rated it really liked it
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Connecting is the ability to identify with people and relate to them in a way that increases your influence with them.

"If I went back to college again, I'd concentrate on two areas: learning to write and speak before an audience. Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively." Gerald Ford

Three questions the crowd is asking:
1. Do you care for me?
2. Can you help me?
3. Can I trust you?

"The most influential person who will talk to you all day, is you. So, you shou
Jun 18, 2012 Stephen rated it it was amazing
This book helped me understand that dealing with people is not all about me. Listening to the person speak and giving myself time to respond helps with a connection. This connection crosses all parts of my life from business to family and friends.
Jo Linsdell
In Everyone Communicates Few Connect, Internationally respected leadership expert and speaker, John C. Maxwell discusses how to communicate and connect with others in order to reach your potential.

In this book Maxwell offers his method of Five Principles and Five Practices, you can learn to connect one-on-one, in a group or with an audience.

Although Maxwell highlights the importance of concentrating on others and not just promoting or talking about yourself as being one of the major aspects of
Apr 28, 2010 Jason rated it really liked it
If you have ever read a book by John Maxwell before then you can appreciate both the simple truths and straight forward actions that he gives and suggests in his books. This book is no different. However, if you have read Maxwell's stuff before, then you probably also know how long it can take to work through the book if you are truly taking it in and contemplating what he is suggesting you do to change your life rather than just reading it straight through.
Maxwell believes that it is our abili
John Semchenko
Nov 10, 2010 John Semchenko rated it really liked it
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key understanding...
Communciation is all about connecting with others. Information transferred is less important than the relationship that is built.

key quotes...
People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

You can not educate or motivate until you initiate a relationship.

Communication is less KNOWLEDGE and more relationship.

To accomplish anything of value, you must learn to manage and marshal your energy.

Connecting with others begins with thinking about those people.

Feb 03, 2015 Ana added it
Great advice on connecting with others from an inspiring leader who I want to be like one day.
Matthew Turner
I don’t know why I keep making the same mistake, but hopefully this will be my last one. These self-help books just aren’t for me. I was lured by the snappy title, and my naïve optimism that this author would have something profound to say on the topic.

Almost all the advice in this book is OK and --- if I’m really honest --- I did actually learn a couple of new things (although I’m struggling to think of them now).

But the overall experience was a little unpleasant for me. For example, the author
Jun 04, 2014 CarolynKost rated it it was amazing
Shelves: org-mgmt
Author, speaker and leadership expert Maxwell seeks to catalyze readers' latent potential to become highly effective and influential leaders and expert communicators who deftly establish connections with their listeners. Maxwell refutes the idea that identifying with others is an innate ability, but rather a skill that one can develop by directing one's attention toward others and connecting enthusiastically with what others see, hear, feel, and understand. He identifies various practices of tho ...more
Isaai Lance Sihlangu
Just started reading this book a few a days ago,like all other Maxwell's previous books,this one is none other than the best yet of Maxwell's classic,How many times do we communicate yet failing in connecting with each other,well alot of times if you ask me!!,well those are over, John C Maxwell with this book gives us the in-depth break drown of how we can not only enhance our communication but ways in making that happen,Maxwell's great thoughts and view.
Josh Miller
Aug 12, 2014 Josh Miller rated it it was amazing
It has been quite a few years since I have read anything by John Maxwell. This book, given to me by a friend in the ministry, tops my book list thus far for 2014. Absolutely loved the humility by Maxwell throughout the book along with all of the quotes, illustrations, and proven principles of connecting with people around you. In matter of fact, I underlined or highlighted 101 different quotes, lines, or illustrations in the book.

This book was extremely helpful to me as a public speaker. However
Mar 16, 2016 Juha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Everyone Communicates, Few Connect to learn about the principles of communication on a deeper level. The book met my expectations –while much of the actual content is focused on short stories and citations, they support the main points, which, when well internalised, should really help in connecting and communicating with other people.

Some sections are likely to be more hit and miss; unless you are a pastor or in a significant leadership position, the sections on charismatic leadership ar
Andrea Norton
This book is absolutely fantastic. I have considered myself a good communicator for many years now, based on feedback from friends, family and strangers. I originally read this as a part of my 2016 Better Myself Plan and part of my 2016 Out Of My Comfort Zone reading plan. I was curious to see what the book said but did not expect quite the impact it had.

This is so much more than just communicating effectively. There are serious life lessons here that can be personal or professional. The communi
Tony Jr.
Jan 28, 2016 Tony Jr. rated it it was amazing
WOW!! What a great book.. Very well written, excellent stories to back up the points (one made me laugh out loud) along with practical applicable strategies and tips. I found myself shaking my head in agreement with many of the key points the author made. I purchased it in audio & hardback book format this is simply a must have for anyone that cares about connecting with people.
Travis Dahle
Jan 19, 2011 Travis Dahle rated it really liked it
This was an excellent book and would highly recommend it to people who want to improve how they communicate with people in meetings, face to face, and in large presentations.

A more in-depth review can be found here.
Paul Kandavalli
“Everyone Communicates Few Connect” by John Maxwell is a wonderful book. I had the opportunity to read it while it was being written as John shared this book in his blog on his website one chapter every week for eleven weeks. He took peoples feedback and incorporated those into this book. He also asked people who commented on this subject to submit their photos to be included in the book. I am excited to say that I am one of those people who read the blogs as they were posted and my name was men ...more
Jan 26, 2011 Tim rated it really liked it
As far as books on connecting with people, this book is top-of-the-heap. Maxwell shows how selflessness and genuine interest in other people will build and strengthen connections between people.
David Malave
Jun 21, 2014 David Malave rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
This book touches on some good and solid tips and ways to truly connect with people we interact with. The information in it just makes sense and it is a very fluid read. I felt it aims toward public speaking more than just on a day to day person to person interaction. However, it is still worth reading even if one is not a public speaker. Despite all of the public speaking examples, a lot of the concepts still apply in everyday situations. If you are someone looking to become better at public sp ...more
Sep 10, 2010 E rated it really liked it
getAbstract Book Review: Everyone Communicates Few Connect

To learn how to connect well with others, imitate a connection superstar: leadership development expert John C. Maxwell. When he posted a preliminary version of this book on his blog, 100,000 people viewed it, and many offered comments on how to make it better. Maxwell has sold more than 18 million books and his company has taught leadership skills to more than five million people. He offers this book’s simple principles and its very abun
Matthew Hogan
Nov 16, 2011 Matthew Hogan rated it really liked it
The great thing about this book is that John Maxwell makes it very easy for the reader to connect with his message. He discusses his Five Principles and Five Practices to developing the crucial skills of connecting not in your typical boring, complicated, business-savy fashion, but in more of an easy-to-follow, example and quote filled story line.

He discuss the importance of going above and beyond just your common, everyday, one-shot communication interactions and encourages the reader to pursue
May 21, 2010 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received the book “Everyone Communicates Few Connect” by John C. Maxwell to review for my blog. I usually enjoy Mr. Maxwell’s books and find many nuggets from his books. I was not disappointed with his latest. Mr. Maxwell makes the point that all of us communicate with others but that few of us connect while communicating. He makes the point that in order to communicate with people we must find things in common with those that we are trying to communicate with. He takes each chapter explaining ...more
Aug 23, 2010 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
John Maxwell is a great communicator--especially as a public speaker, so when this intriguing title crossed my radar screen, right at the time I was developing a blog about the Power of Connection (, of course I checked it out. At the time, it was not yet published...Mr. Maxwell had decided to try a new writing model and put up one chapter at a time on his blog for his followers to read, review, and critique. He promised to consider all comments before making his final ...more
Mar 13, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it
Everyone Communicates, Few Connect. John C. Maxwell. 2010. Thomas Nelson. 262 pages.

John C. Maxwell's latest installment focuses on improving speech and presentation to connect with people. Although we may be great at our careers and niches, some lack the skills to connect with people, which can make or break our advancement.

Maxwell's writing style always flows and reads like a story we'll remember as opposed to a boring business lecture, and this is what makes his books great! Maxwell incorpor
Don Weidinger
Oct 11, 2013 Don Weidinger rated it it was amazing
Carter focused on self and self-concerns, understand to connect about others not self, reflective listening, Ziglar help others get what they want first, wwjd, fail due to mine ego care, need to help them, trust, words7 tone38 body55, who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying, observe vs generalize arrogance don’t care, ask questions humility, take by hand guide them, see what you see, what dream sing cry, explain simply-to be simple is to be great, do you want to keep job and ...more
Nov 05, 2014 Alejandro rated it really liked it
I read a few books by John Maxwell; he is a master of leadership content and his books are packed with very useful material. His style is what I would call "Easy and Flowing Reading".
I would strongly recommend this book to any person who is serious about taking his/her communication skills to the next level and not just speak to exchange information, but to have a meaningful heart to heart connection with another human being or with a larger group. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
Jun 21, 2013 Olamide OPEYEMI rated it it was amazing
Dr Maxwell and his methods are so down to earth and easily applicable to life's busy scheme.
With heartwarming humour and clarity of thoughts, it becomes virtually impossible to miss an application.
I have several ideas in my head and I am constantly reading different works of different authors, both medieval and modern; yet Dr. Maxwell's many years of learning, leading and lecturing puts him in a class of men I will be willing to risk my consideration where his thoughts may briefly contrast my o
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