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

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The world's most respected leadership expert gives five principles and five practices for breaking the invisible barrier to leadership and personal success.

Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Thomas Nelson
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Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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

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  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read! Practical, and accessible!
Apr 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Great advice on connecting with others from an inspiring leader who I want to be like one day.
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  ·  review of another edition
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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
Prince Ebenezer
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Gail Weinhold
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read for leaders, teachers, and those who speak in front of groups. Maxwell has put into words what I have seen as the missing link between good teachers and the best. I will read this more than once. On to my third read now.
Note: The audio book is read by the author which I think is helpful because he emphasizes what he finds most important by his tone and inflections.
Aadidev Sooknanan
This book has some very interesting and useful topics on becoming a better communicator, and overall a better person. However, you'd need to read it yourself and gather your preference of the author's writing style, which wasn't my favourite. Ironically, I didn't "connect" with the author but did gain some insight on communication and life skills
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book on communicating. Each chapter ends with how to apply the chapter in three connecting categories: 1-on-1, groups and audiences.

Three themes I saw in the book are 1) out others first, 2) listen and 3) be thankful.
Tukang Online
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Most of the contents, are the life stories and quotes/feedback author had received. The book it self, easy to understood, and the stories made it more clear for the reader.
But inside, I found no new concept. Everything came from common sense.
A nice to read book
Amy Tollison
This book offers great tips for becoming a better communicator. Maxwell encourages the reader to connect on three levels: one-on-one, small groups, and large audience. Most of the tips are common sense, but some may give the reader a new way of thinking. He provides lots of illustrations.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Subject matter wise - this is a fantastic book. That said, I don't always enjoy the style of John Maxwell's books, because I tend to think I could have gotten the point quite effectively with a lot fewer stories, quotes or anecdotes...but in fairness to him, I'm an impatient reader.
Marjorie Duterte
One of the best books I've read on Communication and Leadership. <3
A. Jones
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great, practical advice.
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