Connecting, “the ability to identify with people and relate to them in a way that increases your influence with them,” is the subject of John Maxwell’s new book entitled Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effecitive People Do Differently (ECFC).
Maxwell’s book is divided into two sections. The first section, “Connecting Principles,” consists of five principles that lay the groundwork for connecting with people. The second section, “Connecting Practices,” focuses on five practices designed to help anyone connect with others. Now, I have to admit, I’m not one to immediately flock to the next new business/leadership book. In fact, I’m of the persuasion that many modern-day business books are redundant (especially by the third-or-so chapter) and over-simplified. However, I must also admit that I gained a lot from reading Maxwell’s book. Whether you’re a frequent presenter or speaker, senior pastor, small group leader, or in a relationship (dating, married, etc), you’ll find some exceedingly beneficial lessons on how to connect with people in this book.
The chapter outline below will give you a good feel for the book’s content:
I. CONNECTING PRINCIPLES
- Connecting Increases Your Influence in Every Situation
- Connecting Is All About Others
- Connecting Goes Beyond Words
- Connecting Always Requires Energy
- Connecting Is More Skill Than Natural Talent
II. CONNECTING PRACTICES
- 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
Whether you’re a speaker, leader or a parent you can benefit from reading this book.