Learnings from Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John Maxwell

April 2, 2010

On Tuesday, March 30th John Maxwell's newest book, Everyone Communicates, Few Connect was released.

I was able to receive an advanced copy of the book and just finished it this week.  It's a pretty good book focused on helping leaders to connect relationally with their people by communicating more effectively.

Reading the book helped me learn some great principles and tips I've been implementing into my communication style.  Here's a few of what I found to be very helpful:

There are writers who speak, and speakers who write – I wrote about this in March on a post entitled, Are you a writer who speaks, or a speaker who writes?  This was probably the biggest "aha" moment for me in the book.  Because it helped me to look at myself and realize that I'm totally a writer who speaks.  Even though I love people I'm very introverted by nature.  Nothing energizes and recharges my energy batteries like sitting at home alone. 

Do the difficult work of keeping it simple – This is something I've began focusing on in my United Way presentations, but still have a long way to go.  When I was taught to give Untied Way fundraising presentations, I was originally taught to give a 10 minute presentation where I gave a "shotgun" speech about our entire organization and what we do.  As I look back, those first few presentations I gave were terrible–I said so much that I ended up saying nothing.  Since then, I've made my presentation more simple, but I still have some more work to go.  And I plan to use some of John's principles to improve the simplicity of my presentations.

If you're a leader who has to communicate with a team of people on a regular basis, Everyone Communicates, Few Connect can be a great resource for you.

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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