Communicating and Connecting Helps Increase Your Influence

As I mentioned in a post a few days ago, I am reading the book by John C. Maxwell about communicating. It has been really helpful thus far! As I am going through this book, I want to highlight some of the major concepts in the chapters because they are really helpful!

In the first chapter of the book, Maxwell says:

“It’s not enough just to work hard. It’s not enough to do a great job. To be successful, you need to learn how to really communicate with others.”

This quote is so true. Communication with others is extremely important. But more importantly- connecting while communicating is key!

This is how Maxwell defines connecting:

Connectingthe ability to identify with people and relate to them in a way that increases your influence with them.

For this reason, connecting and effective communicating is vital to be a successful leader. This is why I am reading this book. I want to be able to communicate and connect in ways that I could have never thought I would have been able to do!

In the first chapter of this book, Maxwell talks about how we must desire to connect with others. If we don’t, we are not going to be great at it. I like when he mentiones:

“When you connect with others, you position yourself to make the most of your skills and talents.”

-John C. Maxwell

How would effectively connecting with others specifically help you?