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

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

    Would have been better as a blog series.

    In Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, John Maxwell introduces the reader to five principles and five practices of connecting as we communicate. He links the ability to create change in an organization to the ability to the application of these principles and practices. I have to admit I am late to the Maxwell train. I am familiar with some of his work, but have never been particular drawn to anything in his seemingly endless catalog of books. That being said, as a pastor I often serve in a role of "communicator", so I jumped on the opportunity to read and review this book when it became available through The strength of the book is that Maxwell's thesis is clear form the very beginning... illustrated simply in the title. The frustration I had with the book, however, was that it read almost like a PowerPoint presentation. It was basically 10 bullet points with a stories and examples (sometimes too many... we get the point John!) to fill in the gaps. If I'm being honest, I think just about anyone could get the point of the book (and even learn to apply the practices and principles) by simply reading the chapter summaries. This book would have (IMHO) been a better as a 10-part blog series.

    The principles and practices in Everyone Communicates are sound and if applied would be helpful in strengthening the communication/connection of anyone who leads. It just felt like Maxwell did not need an entire book to make his points.

    *note: I received a review copy of this book for free from If you have a blog, you can get free books to review too!
    Posted via email from Pastor Brian Spahr

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2010

    Review of "Everyone Communicates, Few Connect" by John Maxwell

    I love a good read! My family has learned over the years that once mom starts a good book, like it or not, you're basically on your own until she reads the very last word. The world could fall apart around me while I'm in the middle of said book and I probably wouldn't even notice. I read most books in one sitting . I can't just help it.

    I consider myself a fan of John Maxwell. He is one of those people you just LOVE to sit and listen to. So, when I saw his newest book, "Everyone Communicates, Few Connect", I jumped at the chance to get an advance copy. I was excited at the opportunity to find out how it is that this fabulous speaker manages to connect so successfully with his audiences. Unfortunately, my excitement ended shortly after opening the book. I didn't "connect" with this book at all. In fact, I actually struggled to get through it.

    It's not that it isn't full of good solid information. In the book's 250 pages, Maxwell presents five Connecting Principles and five Connecting Practices. The five Connecting Principles are: connecting increases your influence in every situation, connecting is all about others, connecting goes beyond words, connecting always requires energy, and connecting is more skill than natural talent. The five Connecting Practices are: connectors connect on common ground, connectors do the difficult work of keeping it simple, connectors create an experience everyone enjoys, connectors inspire people, connectors live what they communicate.

    The problem wasn't lack of good content; the principles and practices that Maxwell outlines are really good stuff. And, I wholeheartedly agree with his main point that the purpose of communicating is to add value to the listener. It just wasn't enough content. I quickly got bored with all the repetition and found myself either putting the book down (which is not like me at all) or skimming ahead to find the next point. Although I might still recommend "Everyone Communicates, Few Connect" to someone who is actively looking to improve their communication skills, I think Maxwell could have easily written a much shorter book and still gotten his message across.

    FYI: 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.

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