Review: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

In our every day lives, we use communication in a variety of ways. We speak one-on-one with our children, families and spouses. We talk to different people online, in town, on the bus, on the phone and via email or instant messenger. These communications may be meaningful or they may just be small talk. In certain situations, we don't just want to talk, we want to make a connection. In John Maxwell's newest book, he tells you ways to effectively communicate and make connections with others. Here's a little blurb about the book:

The world's most respected leadership expert gives five principles and five practices for breaking the invisible barrier to leadership and personal success. You have a good idea but can't convince your peers of its merit. You crafted a groundbreaking strategy, but the team trudges on in the same old way. Certain people move forward in their career while you seem to be stuck. If this describes you or someone you know, the problem is not the quality of what you have to offer. The problem is how you connect with people to create the results you desire. John Maxwell believes that a person's ability to create change and results in any organization — be it a company, church, nonprofit, or even a family — is directly tied to the ability to use the teachings of this book.

This book was an intriguing read. I can see where it would be beneficial to practically anyone - a preacher wanting to connect with his congregation, someone involved in business, teachers, writers wanting to connect with their audience, people in a position of power - the list goes on and on. He writes in a way that I think anyone could understand. I especially liked the lists of ways to find common ground with others and ways to recharge yourself. Real communication requires giving a lot of one's self but no one can be a "people person" all the time. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn how to connect with others better.
Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently
Everyone Communicates, Few Connect - John C. Maxwell

Disclosure: Thomas Nelson provided me with a complimentary copy of this book, via BookSneeze, in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own. Clicking on the picture above will take you to Amazon - through which I am an affiliate - where you may purchase the book.


  1. There's more to communicating than just talking. Communication skills go a long way in making life easier not just at your work or business place, but also with your family, friends and anyone else that you might relate with for that matter.

  2. Good interpersonal skills are important to your success. We often work in groups or as part of a team.

  3. I am trying to decide to stay or leave my boyfriend of 4 years. We have had a roller-coaster relationship of highs and lows with the fault being equal on both sides. We even separated for 2 weeks last month.

  4. Something I struggle with everyday, comunication! I look forward to applying these principles of comunication and giving feedback on my experiences! Thanks for giving us this opportunity.


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