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Friday, November 2, 2012

JOHN MAXWELL ON CONNECTING

The stronger the relationship you form with followers, the greater the connection you forge -- and the more likely those followers will be to want to help you.

Connect with Yourself: You must know who you are and have confidence in yourself if you desire to connect with others.

Communicate with Openness and Sincerity: Legendary NFL coach Bill Walsh said, "Nothing is more effective than sincere accurate praise, and nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment."

Know Your Audience: Learn people's names, find out about their histories, ask about their dreams.  Speak to what they care about.

Live Your Message:  Practice what you preach.  That's where credibility comes from.

Go to Where They Are: I dislike any kind of barrier to communication.  I adapt to others; I don't expect them to adapt to me.

Focus on Them, Not Yourself: The number one problem of inexperience speakers and ineffective leaders is that they focus on themselves.

Off Direction and Hope: French general Napoleon Bonaparte said, "Leaders are dealers in hope."

From "Go For Gold" by John Maxwell