Monday, May 17, 2010

BOOK REVIEW - PLAN B BY PETE WILSON

When I got a copy of "Plan B", I felt that the subject would not interest me as much and it turned out that way. The author is apparently a man of faith (he is a pastor in a church) and he is convinced that people who read the book will share his viewpoint (which obviously I did not). He offers no explanation as to why someone should share his belief. There are a lot of people who do share his belief system but reading the book only raises further questions than giving answers. I will conclude by saying that reading the book provided an underwhelming experience...

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Sunday, May 02, 2010

BOOK REVIEW - EVERYONE COMMUNICATES FEW CONNECT BY JOHN C. MAXWELL

"Everyone communicates, few connect" is aimed at anyone and everyone wishing to improve their communication skills and ensure that they can connect effectively with others. While the author draws on his personal experiences in a formal environment (such as his interactions with members from his church), the techniques he uses in his approach can easily apply to personal circumstances as well. He places emphasis on explaining the theory behind how to effectively communicate and supplements that information with how he has used them in real-life situations to gel with people from all walks of life.

The book is split into two sections. The first part concentrates on the five main connecting principles and the second part focuses on the five connecting practices, so readers can learn to communicate and connect effectively one-on-one and in a group. This is my first exposure to a book by John Maxwell and the book was a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson. The author employs an interesting narrative style and uses a first-person narrative throughout. At times, it does feel like he is tooting his own horns but for the most part, comes across as sincere as he can be. There is a lot of repetition in the ideas and content he conveys but I guess he uses this approach to ensure that his point comes across and stays with the reader long after having read the book. If you do get bored reading each chapter in detail, the author does a very good job of summarizing the contents of each chapter which provides a very good gist of what was covered in that chapter.

I did find myself agreeing a lot with his viewpoint on why people fail to connect. The techniques he advocates are very interesting and though definitely not easy to follow, I would like to try them out for myself.

On the whole, I would recommend this book for anyone wishing to improve their inter-personal skills.

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