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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
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Published March 28th 2010 by Thomas Nelson
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Feb 20, 2012 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
Apr 29, 2010 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 04, 2010 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
Thomas Holbrook
Dec 19, 2011 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
Daniel Butcher
Sep 10, 2010 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
Erika Suarez
Dec 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Resulto ser un libro de autoayuda y guacatelas! Además es muy aburrido, fue un logro terminarlo.
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-book-list
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 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.
Jesse Bray
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read! Practical, and accessible!
Carrie Daws
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leadership
John Maxwell has definitely learned over his career how to communicate well with others. The tips and counsel he offers within these pages almost seem too simple, yet as I've put some of them into practice over my few years of leadership, I've seen the results. If you want to communicate more effectively--through leadership, through speaking or writing--this is a great place to start.
Alberto Cuellar
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great piece of reading. Easy to digest.

Great piece of reading. Easy to digest.
Great anecdotes and quotes.
Very practical. Every leader should read it.
Thank you.
Apr 28, 2010 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
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
Jun 04, 2014 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
John Semchenko
Sep 14, 2010 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.

Aaron Beddes
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn't expecting much since I wasn't familiar with the book - just stumbled across it in OverDrive. But, I was very pleasantly surprised. I appreciate self-help books that emphasize the importance of being a better person first, and then how that leads to success.

I just listened to a copy borrowed from the library, but this is probably a book worth owning. I'll probably buy it.
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.
Tony Jr.
Jan 30, 2015 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 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.
Jan 26, 2011 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.
Sean Goh
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
One hears from various sources at various points in time the importance of clarity in communication (whether verbal or written), yet Maxwell dissects the importance of communication (mainly verbal) and then prescribes what has worked for him in his long years of experience in the public speaking and leadership training circuit.

The connections you make in your brain will not matter if you don’t make connections with your fellow man. -
Gerald Ford: Nothi
Feb 03, 2015 added it
Great advice on connecting with others from an inspiring leader who I want to be like one day.
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent book and I highly recommend it anyone looking to learn how to communicate more effectively.
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a must-read for all. Imagine how much better our lives would all be if we did more than communicated, we connected.
Nikhil Gupta
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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John Calvin Maxwell (born 1947) is an American author, speaker, and pastor who has written many books, primarily focusing on leadership. Titles include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow. His books have sold millions of copies, with some on the New York Times Best Seller list. In "Everyone Communicates, Few Connect," Maxwell shares the Five Principles and Five P
Matt McAlear
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
- Focus on others if you really want to connect with them.
- Ego separates us from connecting with others. Ego requires us to think of ourselves first by and comes out in many forms and polarities (from pride to insecurities).
- A great letter from Calvin Miller to illustrate the above point:
Dear Speaker:
Your ego has become a wall between yourself and me. You’re not really concerned about me,
are you? You’re mostly concerned about whether or not this speech is really working . . . about
Prince Ebenezer
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second audio book I listened to by John Maxwell. He's amazing at explaining concepts using plain and simple english. Often he uses examples and stories to back his thoughts and its very useful in understanding the context of the scenario.
In this book, he has explained a lot on knowing and identifying the difference between communicating and connecting with people. Be it one, one hundred or one hundred thousand people, you are addressing, your aim as a public speaker or a person looki
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
We all have great ideas and something of value to share with others, but if you’re not connecting, your great ideas stay just that- your very own great ideas. Whether you’re a public speaker, a teacher, a parent, a friend, or you work with others, this book has great practical ideas and lessons to improve your ability to connect with others. Focusing and developing my ability to connect through speaking transformed how I prepare and approach each speaking engagement. I used to spend so much time ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was ok

I barely got into the second chapter. Not because it was boring or poorly written. In fact he has excellent stories and points to teach his lessons.

The reason I didn't finish the book is because I quickly realized I do connect well with people. I do already practice what Maxwell preaches. In fact I dislike having the limelight on me. I would rather talk about someone else's life.

Simply put, it seemed a fantastic book to read if you struggle to connect with others. Will teach you alot. For thos
Abi Olvera
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The first book on communication that I have ever read so I did find it very innovative, practical, and informative. I had never heard of John Maxwell before. Every chapter is insightful and focusing on a different aspect of truly connecting with people (focus on others in the conversation, compel people to action, express authentic gratitude) and each chapter ends with actionable bullet points for how to apply that chapter to one-on-one relationships, group relationships, and speaking to a crowd ...more
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