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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
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Published March 30th 2010 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2010)
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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
Thomas Holbrook

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
Daniel Butcher
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Travis Dahle
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.

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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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Sabrina EVHS Lim
I picked up this book for my research paper as well since my topic was social media.I was really happy with the inside it provided me. I never really thought about there being a difference between communication and connection between individuals and it definitely made me consider the stance I wanted to take in my paper more.
Stephen Rollins
As a Marine Recruiter I thought that I was pretty good with understanding how to connect with people on a personal level and understanding what they wanted in their lives. I was wrong. I did the instructional DVD and it opened a whole new level of understanding with regard to connection vice communication.
Richard Kuhn
This was my first John Maxwell experience and it was definitely worth it. He describes himself as a motivational teacher from experience and I found that to be true throughout the book. This is more along the lines of say Jack Canfield then Anthony Robbins. Maxwell draws on his experience as a public speaker and pastor to help people connect with their communication. I most definitely plan on using some of the suggestions and will refer back to the book many times. One warning, there's not a who ...more
I like this book because it is about connecting to others in order to serve them better. Instead of aggressively pursuing strategic relationships, Maxwell's philosophy is to consider everyone important. When you think someone is important you treat them that way, and they'll naturally want to be around you.

The book covers how to connect with individuals, small groups, and large audiences. It is straightforward and very do-able. Maxwell's caveat is that connecting requires energy for everyone, ev
Maxwell provides an excellent primer on the importance of communication and connectability. Whether it's one on one or to an audience, Maxwell get some very solid ideas about how to take those ideas and inspire. I highly recommend this read.
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