Thursday, April 15, 2010

Book Review: Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John Maxwell

I love reading personal and professional development books. So when Thomas Nelson gave me the opportunity to read Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by leadership expert John Maxwell, I couldn't wait.

Maxwell packed this book with insights and practical tips by himself and others. Its conversational style shows Maxwell practices what he preaches. He teaches readers how to turn their natural abilities into connections, whether one-on-one, in a group, or with an audience, which is essential given today's pseudo connections through email, text messaging and social networking.

Here are my favorite quotes from the book:
"Coping isn't moving forward." (p12)
"Nothing can happen through you until it happens to you." (p51)
"Once we know ourselves an like ourselves and feel comfortable with ourselves, then we are open to knowing others, liking them, and feeling comfortable with them. And then we have the potential to connect with them." (p232) [I can attest to this. After losing 60 pounds and feeling better in my own skin, I have found it easier to be myself and connect with others.]

I like that Maxwell's advice applies to my writing and speaking career as well as my everyday communications with others. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars.

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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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