Joey Sparks

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect (John Maxwell)

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect was not an enjoyable read for me. As such, it was not a quick read. It's taken me a year to get through it, reading inconsistently.

But that doesn't mean that it wasn't a helpful resource. And it certainly doesn't mean I'm finished consulting it. In true John Maxwell style, it's full of outlined principles, helpful tips, and especially powerful illustrations and quotes. I'll catalog and use these for many years to come.

At first, I was discouraged by not being able to "get into" the book. Clearly, Maxwell knows what he's talking about. And clearly, he's doing it well. But it wasn't clicking. Then, I read the excerpt about Maxwell by Charlie Wetzel--Maxwell's writer. Near the end of Wetzel's section, he claims that Maxwell is a "speaker who writes" (which makes sense if he hires a writer). I'm a writer who occasionally speaks. From that point, I was at peace that everything wasn't necessarily "connecting."

It's predictable enough that if I didn't already trust Maxwell's authenticity, I'd be tempted to think this was a formulaic, assembly-line effort. It's not bad. Just not sure that it goes anywhere. The best thing Maxwell, his editors, or his publisher could have done was only publish Part II (Connecting Practices).

Over the final few chapters, I was more than ready for the book to end. It's a shame I felt that way; the best chapter is Chapter 10, "Connecters Live What They Communicate." Above all, the world needs leaders and communicators with "trust captial."

Despite my hesitancies about the book, I think this volume is a solid introductory resource about communication. I recommend it to those looking for such. But if you're already familiar with effective communication skills or with much of Maxwell's work, I'm not sure you'd miss much by not reading. (Unless you're a preacher who wants a bunch of good illustrations.)

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