“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 mentioned and my picture was also published in this book.
John writes that he learned how to connect well with people and that is one of his greatest strengths. This is absolutely true and he connected with me for sure through this book.
He writes that connecting with people is the foundational part of his leadership and writes that he is learning to connect with people using the new technologies. He put the manuscript of this book “Everyone Communicates Few Connect” in his blog on his website to connect with people on this subject and to get their input and feedback. Maxwell says that his blog received more than 100,000 views during the eleven weeks.
Maxwell writes that everyone talks. Everyone communicates. But a few connect. Those who do connect take their relationships, their work and their lives to another level. He states that there is good news for people who want to learn how to connect and by that become more effective in everything they do. He writes that even if connecting with others is something that you are not good at today you can learn how to do it and become better in doing it.
John writes that “Connecting can make you or break you”. People cannot succeed without communicating effectively. It is not enough to work hard. It is not enough to do a great job. To be successful one needs to learn how to really communicate with others. Connecting is the ability to identify with people and related to them in a way that increases your influence with them. Connecting begins when other person feels valued.
John Maxwell takes the readers through the Five Connecting Principles and the Five Connecting Practices. I personally noticed that all of these principles and practices are absolutely true to connect with people effectively.
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
6. Connectors Connect on Common Ground
7. Connectors Do the Difficult Work of Keeping It Simple
8. Connectors Create an Experience Everyone Enjoys
9. Connectors Inspire People
10. Connectors Live What They Communicate
At the end of every chapter, there is a section that is dedicated to “Connecting with people at all levels”. In this part John writes about that particular connecting principle about its “Connecting Practice” and the “Key Concept” related to that chapter. In this section he also writes about how to be “Connecting one-on-one”, “Connecting in a group” and also about “Connecting with an audience”.
As with any other books by John Maxwell, there are a lot of inspiring quotations listed in this book and I love reading them. “To be successful in the long run, you need to do more than connect. You need to keep connecting, and you can do that only when you live what you communicate”. How true!!
This is another great book by John Maxwell and he connected with me for sure. This book will help in connecting effectively in any kind of profession. As a person working in Information Technology I found this book to be very useful when working with people at various levels and also at the personal level. I strongly recommend everyone to read this book if you are interested in communicating and connecting with people effectively.
Disclaimer: Thomas Nelson provided me with a complimentary copy of “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect” by John C.Maxwell. Opinions expressed are my own and not those of Thomas Nelson.