Seven Top Immediate Influence Posts

Eventually any blog will have posts that are very popular for a number of reasons.  This blog isn’t an exception.  Over the weekend, I reviewed Google Analytics and the list you see below quickly emerged.  Enjoy!

7.  Strategic Influence Objective Number Two Example:

It is almost 2017! You’ve probably been thinking about what goals you want to achieve in the new year, have you not? In the days and weeks ahead, you will have many decisions to make about what actions to take to bring about the realization of your goals.

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6.  Ten Honest Things About Me You Don’t Want to Know:

On Monday, January 12th, I was tagged by MultiMedia Producer, Angel McClinton to reveal ten honest things about myself.  Unlike the incredibly talented Angel McClinton, I haven’t included a video presentation with my ten things.  Before I get started, you might want to click on Angel’s name to see her video and forget all about reading my ten things.  Just kidding.  Kinda!

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5.  What Stops People From Achieving What They Want:

Happy New Year!!!

2016 is behind us now and a new year has begun! By now, you’re off to a great start on achieving the goals you’ve set for 2017. However, you have probably run into some opposition. Typically, opposition shows itself in two ways – but I’m only going to write about one in this post. Ready?

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4.  One Big Web 2.0 Influence Mistake That Will Ruin Your Reputation:

On Friday, January 9th I tweeted a statistic Tony Robbins revealed while being interviewed by one of Success Magazine’s writers.  The statistic is related to the number of people who won’t follow through on the resolutions aka goals they set on New Year’s Day.  Tony said, “98% of the people who set resolutions will give up within six weeks.”

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3.  How to Deeply Influence Yourself and Others:

James Van Fleet once said, “Always think in terms of what the other person wants.”

During my nearly 10 years of marriage, I’ve discovered that one of the keys to a successful relationship is thinking in terms of what my wife wants.  For instance, there are times when my wife wants to watch a romantic movie when I’d prefer to watch an action movie.  You might be saying,”Great!  Let her watch her romantic movie and you go watch an action movie on another television.”  Good idea, my rational thinking friend.  However, if I were to act on that type of thinking my wife wouldn’t get what she really wanted it from the experience.  Connectedness. Guess what?  I want to feel that too.

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2.  50 Most Powerful and Influential Men in Social Media:

Last week, as you probably know, I published a list of the 50 Most Powerful & Influential Women in Social Media. It caused quite a stir on the internet. In fact, this blog was visited by over 2,000 unique visitors the day the list was published. I truly appreciate each of you who visited that day and the following days.

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1.  50 Most Powerful and Influential Women in Social Media:

In every industry there are a few people who are inarguably outstanding at what they do. In addition to that, they are typically charismatic, energetic, and creative. In an effort to find some of these people I asked my twitter friends to nominate people who they thought were some of the most powerful and influential women in Social Media. It was no surprise that they quickly and enthusiastically responded with the list of ladies below.

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With your success in mind,

Ron Hudson

Negotiations Made Easy

Sometime ago a friend, client, and business partner of mine informed me that the VP of Finance at a company contacted him for advice. In their face-to-face meeting, this young gentleman, who was fresh out of college, humbly admitted that the company which used to generate about $25 million a year was quickly approaching Niagara Falls’ edge.

You see, unfortunately the company’s executives made some errors in judgment that apparently threatened to wipe the company out. In fact, by the time that initial meeting occurred, the company was over three quarters of million dollars in debt without any significant revenue. By the way, it was the only time I’d ever met men willing to admit they were in over their heads.
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Measuring Your Influence

A few years ago, I asked my Twitter friends what topic they would like for me to discuss on my radio show “Immediate Influence.” My Twitter friend, Rafiq Phillips @rafiq in Cape Town, South Africa suggested that I discuss “How to measure influence.” I thought this was a great suggestion so I produced a show on that very topic. You can find it in the “Immediate Influence” show archives by clicking here.

Since you may not invest the time to listen to the show recording, I’ve written out some of what my guest and I discussed during the show:
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Strategic Influence Objective Number One Explained

Sometime ago, I posted an article to this blog titled Three Strategic Influence Objectives. In this post, I will briefly explain what you should do to achieve the #1 Strategic Influence Objective which is…

Focus on being deepest in peoples’ hearts, instead of only being top of mind

The fact is, actually accomplishing this objective is more about who you are, than what you do. Quite frankly, I could stop right there and end this post. Couldn’t I?

I mean, you’ve come across people online and offline who have touched your heart, haven’t you? I certainly have. I’m curious. Have you noticed any commonalities? Here’s what my personal experience and research has uncovered:
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Seven Men With Long Lasting Influence

In years past, like me, you have witnessed the ascension of a few men to worldwide prominence. Each man impacted the lives of many in ways that led to new thoughts, actions, and results. As a matter of fact, you can probably remember the exact words specific men eloquently spoke many years ago that shifted your perspective about important issues. As I approach my 52nd birthday, I decided to share the words of men who dramatically shifted my outlook regarding life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

By the way, I numbered this list for simplicity’s sake, not to convey that one man impacted me anymore or less than the other. With that in mind, enjoy the words of men who have left a mark that cannot be erased on the lives of countless people around the globe.

1. “Every problem is a gift–without problems we would not grow”
-Tony Robbins

2. “We need men who can dream of things that never were.”
-John F. Kennedy

3. “Enthusiasm is at the bottom of all progress. With it there is accomplishment. Without it there are only alibis.”
-Henry Ford

4. “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
-Sir Isaac Newton

5. “A coward dies a thousand deaths and courageous man only one.”
-William Shakespeare

6. “If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

7. As you can see, I decided to include a video that includes the words of the seventh man that I believe has long lasting influence. As you watch it, I hope that it will impact your thinking about what it may take for you to achieve your life’s ambitions. Ready? Press play.

In closing, I want you to know that I believe you are capable of accomplishing more than your heart’s desire. The key is strengthening your resolve to bring your vision to pass during incredibly tough times. How do you do it? “When you believe in a thing, believe in it implicitly and unquestionably.” -Walt Disney

With your success in mind,

Ron Hudson

Influence Happens in a Moment

InfluenceOn any given day of our lives, we will find ourselves facing a myriad of circumstances that range from mostly routine to extraordinary. No matter what the circumstance, we will quickly distinguish where it falls within that range and respond accordingly. However, our immediate response will be the result of the following three components that continually influence human behavior in a moment:

1) Internal representations: First, let me restate this Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) terminology in two easily understood words that helped me instantly understand the meaning of the term. Mental Focus. Think about what that means.

I’m curious. What did you picture in your mind while considering that statement? If you didn’t picture anything, what did you say to yourself? You see, thinking consist of focusing on the images and sounds in your mind. Depending on what images you’re seeing in your mind or sounds/words you’re hearing, you will feel a certain emotion.

For example, think back now to a time in your life when you felt incredibly happy and confident. What comes to mind for you? What are you seeing and hearing internally? Hold onto that thought and make what you’re seeing… brighter, bigger, and closer. Now, while you’re seeing this in your mind, begin to turn up the volume of the sounds. How do you feel now?

I wonder how you would respond to someone cutting you off in traffic while you’re feeling incredibly happy and confident? I humbly predict you would respond/behave differently than you would if you were feeling sick and irritable. I’m also willing to risk assuming that, in the past, even when you have felt sick and irritable, you were still able to treat others courteously. Am I right? You see, you have always had the power to influence the way you feel and behave in the moment. Sure, it takes practice! And, it’s not easy all the time, but it’s worth it.

Let’s back up for a moment to the opening sentence of this post. Specifically, the part where I wrote about the myriad of circumstances that we all face on a daily basis. Inevitably, we will have all types of circumstances occur in our lives but it doesn’t matter what happens, what matters is how we respond. That reminds of a phrase I’ve heard Tony Robbins say many times, “It’s not what happens, it’s what you do that makes the difference.”

Before you read about the other two components that always influence human behavior, I’d like you to watch the following video to discover how advertisers use images and sounds to influence our behavior. Are you ready? Press the play button now.

Welcome back! How do you feel? If you use what you are learning in this post, you can feel this way whenever you want! Isn’t that exciting news?

What’s the next component?
2) Physiology: That’s a nerdy word for describing your physical body. Yes, I’m a nerd at heart. I digress. The condition that your body is in at any given moment dramatically impacts your feelings and behavior. In fact, it is the best component to start with when we want to change the way we feel and behave. Do you want to have some fun? Play along with me. Okay?

As you’re sitting there reading these words, put a big silly grin on your face, throw your hands in the air, and fully extend your arms like athletes or actors do after winning an award. How do you feel? Feels good, doesn’t it? How long did that take? A moment? Now, I want you to add…

3) Language: Say out loud what you would say, if you had won an award or an all expenses paid trip to that place you’ve been dreaming of, plus $10,000 cash! By now, you should be feeling really good. Do you not?

You see, mastering the ability to influence others will lead to success, but mastering influencing yourself will lead to success, happiness, and fulfillment. Good news is, it can happen in a moment!

Wishing you incredible success,


The Power to Influence Your Children

pti.childrenChildren are like sponges, soaking up every experience, and storing it away for future reference. Sometimes children’s experiences cause them to adopt erroneous beliefs about what’s right or wrong. It is my hope that after you watch the following video, whether or not you are a parent, you will keep in mind that children are watching you.

Watching the video sparked a conversation between my wife, Tonya, and I that prompted her to ask, “What beliefs do you want to impart to our children and the next generation?” She went on to ask, “If you reflect on your own behaviors, attitudes, and actions, do they line up with what you want to impart to our children?” Then she said, “If they don’t, then you must change because your children are watching you, and you certainly realize that you are influencing our children and the next generation.”

So what about you? How would you answer those same poignant questions? Food for thought, aren’t they?

With your success in mind,