I generally enjoy reading books by John Maxwell. They are usually informative, engaging, well-written, and easy to read. Maxwell is committed to using language that is direct, clear, and easy to understand. As a result, his books are always a good read.
Everyone Communicates, Few Connect is no exception. In this book, Maxwell effectively and efficiently communicates many truths about good leadership, specifically as it relates to communicating with your audience. He successfully relays this information in three distinct areas: one-on-one communication, small group communication, and large group communication.
Maxwell expertly conveys the "how to" of effective communication and connection in a way that allows the reader to apply these principles to his own life and leadership style. Maxwell skillfully demystifies the illusion that communicating and connecting are innate instead of learned.
I found this book both easy to read and easy to understand. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, whether you believe yourself to be a leader or not.
I love reading personal and professional development books. Maybe it's because I've been self-employed for 2 years and counting that these types of books interest me now more than ever. There's no annual job review with a manager where I have to report back which goals I've missed and what courses I'll be taking to help meet the organization's goals. It's just me myself and I trying to better myself and my connection with others.When Thomas Nelson gave me the opportunity to read Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by leadership expert and international speaker, John Maxwell, I couldn't wait. I've heard great things about John Maxwell but have never had the chance to read one of his books.In his newest book, John Maxwell talks about how readers can connect with others one-on-one, in a group setting or with an audience without being distracted by the 30,00 other messages we receive daily (Yes! Can you believe it? People are bomabarded with 30K messages a day? Commercials, email, text messaging, messages on social networking sites etc). No wonder the book is titled Everyone Communicates, Few Connect!Maxwell packed this book with insights and practical tips by himself and others. He teaches readers how to turn their natural abilities into connections. His approach is simple focus on what you can do personally to bridge the gaps that may exist between yourself and the person (or group of people) with which you are attempting to communicate.I like that Maxwell's advice can apply to my professional life and my everyday communications with my family (including my daughter).
John Maxwell attempts to demystify communication principles in a way that enable people to actually make a connection. He focuses on a range of audience considerations, investigating how to communicate one-on-one, in small groups, and with a large audience. The book features two sections around principles and practices of connecting. The main principles of connecting involve realizing that connection is not fundamentally about you; the main practices of connecting involve concrete actions.Overall, I found the book to be accessible and about as interesting as a book on communication can be. I wasnt looking abundantly forward to reading this book, but Maxwell did a solid job at presenting some fairly new ideas. In particular, his discussion about the role of simplicity in communication stuck with me. As an academic, its my job to appreciate the nuances of complex phenomena; but it is equally my job to make the topic transparent. Additionally, I picked up some valuable insights about why it is a bad idea to retreat immediately after class. Connection with my students needs to be about them.This book isnt a book for everyone. If people constantly praise your connection skills, youre probably not going to get a lot out of the content. Yet, it is a clear presentation of accessible pointers for connecting if you are the type of person that has some more difficulties. I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson publishing with a commitment to review the book. I was not required to submit a positive review.
While I found this book to be relatively easy to read and informational I couldn't help but to be disappointed. John Maxwell has done a great job of motivating his readers but he seems to have all but abandoned his Christian roots. With his circle of influence he could do such great things for Gods Kingdom but he has chosen to remain silent. As a book on communication I would rate it okay maybe even above average. However, as a book from a Christian author and publisher I would rate it poor. It saddened me to see so many missed opportunities to share Gods word in a relevant and relative way with those that might otherwise pay no attention.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.