When we first moved to Carmi to pastor World Harvest Christian Center, one of the first things we did was a leadership training program. The material we used was by John Maxwell. As a result of the training, four of the adults in our church went back to school to finish their education. Several others either changed jobs or got promotions on their jobs.
Maxwell has a way of communicating that is definitely an art skill. His new Book "Everyone Communicates Few Connect" is designed to help people reach their full potential by examining how to truly connect with others through communication.
Maxwell shares five principles and five practices to use to develop your skills in communicating. One of the great things about this book is that it can help you correct bad habits of communicating by showing you the right way to connect with others. The chapters cover things like finding common ground with others, keeping it simple, and inspiring others. Life situations are used to demonstrate the principles.
As with all of Maxwell's work, putting these principles into practice personally will result in a difference in how you are perceived by others. This results in knowing that your words matter and influence outcomes because you are truly connecting with others.