The TRUE Power of Influence and Emotional Impact

 

People talk about influence – what it is, how to get it, how influence is guided by numbers and how to attract the attention of influencers for promotional needs.

There’s no doubt that influence is a constant hot potato.

But sometimes, influence comes from the strangest of places. Sometimes influence comes from folks we might never look twice at. Sometimes influence comes from nothing but emotion.

Look at this video from Australian Juan Mann. One guy, who started a campaign offering free hugs to try and bring a touch of humanity back to the city of Sydney in his native Australia.

He wasn’t an A-list blogger commanding an audience of thousands. He wasn’t a celebrity with a million-plus Twitter followers. Instead, he was just a guy with an idea built on emotion.

Yet as you can see, not only did he influence folks in his city (as seen by the fast collection of petition signatures), he also influenced millions of people worldwide (almost 73 million and counting on YouTube).

There are also a ton of Free Hugs movements worldwide, both online and offline. All from a single guy’s belief in humanity and emotion.

Funny how influence works, huh?

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40 comments
MelonieDodaro
MelonieDodaro

This video is so heart-warming. Very true indeed that touching the deepest core of human emotions create the greatest impact of all. An act such as this may be too simple, and yet it brought us back to the human need to connect with others. And that’s what made this too powerful.

MelonieDodaro
MelonieDodaro

This video is so heart-warming. Very true indeed that touching the deepest core of human emotions create the greatest impact of all. An act such as this may be too simple, and yet it brought us back to the human need to connect with others. And that’s what made this too powerful.

katieraspberry
katieraspberry

I absolutely love that video! Two years ago I was watching that video a million times a day! There was an interview on the man holding the sign and his response to why he did it was because he was just bored one day. Then he was noticed by the band and they created this video for him in which jumped everywhere due to the original concept.

 

Great post!

Katie

 

http://katieraspberry.wordpress.com/

katieraspberry
katieraspberry

I absolutely love that video! Two years ago I was watching that video a million times a day! There was an interview on the man holding the sign and his response to why he did it was because he was just bored one day. Then he was noticed by the band and they created this video for him in which jumped everywhere due to the original concept.   Great post! Katie   http://katieraspberry.wordpress.com/

TheJackB
TheJackB

I have been part of groups that offer free hugs. We forget sometimes how many people have no real contact with others. A good hug is exceptionally powerful.

TheJackB
TheJackB

I have been part of groups that offer free hugs. We forget sometimes how many people have no real contact with others. A good hug is exceptionally powerful.

TotallyAliveOnl
TotallyAliveOnl

Emotions attract  ......  actions  :)

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TotallyAliveOnl
TotallyAliveOnl

Emotions attract  ......  actions  :) Totally Alive Online @totallyaliveonl

Mark Longbottom
Mark Longbottom

Reality -  always hard for those looking for the next big thing -  Excellent

Mark Longbottom
Mark Longbottom

Reality -  always hard for those looking for the next big thing -  Excellent

annelizhannan
annelizhannan

Yes, powerful and heartwarming. I would definitely have been the audience participant in the black and white segment but was swayed by the emotion to join the colorful world. Big hug for sharing this!

annelizhannan
annelizhannan

Yes, powerful and heartwarming. I would definitely have been the audience participant in the black and white segment but was swayed by the emotion to join the colorful world. Big hug for sharing this!

KRLRose
KRLRose

The first time I saw that on YouTube I thought it was emotional and powerful. The fact is it gets right to the heart with no fluff no hype. It's the simplicity of the message that makes it so powerful real influence. I love that guy. Love him. The thing about influence is a lot of the time people do not recognize their the power and influence. I went to a meeting once when I worked in government at a local youth center to meet a youth worker involved in project I was working on with my boss. My boss asked him why he became involved in that type of work. He said because of people like him and pointed to me. I was completely shocked. I counted this guy as a friend who I knew from the neighborhood but had no idea I had that kind of impact on him. He had his scrapes with the man but went from negative to positive. He was helping a lot of kids who were on the periphery and with the potential to make mistakes none of us wanted them to make. All they needed was understanding. more opportunities and some hugs. :) I remember going home from work nearly in tears. This was a rough, tough guy. I also remember making a point of telling the people who influenced me how much impact they had on me. I could have gone the wrong way and times did when I was younger but it was them that kept me focused on doing the right thing. Thanks for the reminder Danny. And for the record you influence me. You are one of the best bloggers around. You always get to the heart of the matter. Respect.

KRLRose
KRLRose

The first time I saw that on YouTube I thought it was emotional and powerful. The fact is it gets right to the heart with no fluff no hype. It's the simplicity of the message that makes it so powerful real influence. I love that guy. Love him. The thing about influence is a lot of the time people do not recognize their the power and influence. I went to a meeting once when I worked in government at a local youth center to meet a youth worker involved in project I was working on with my boss. My boss asked him why he became involved in that type of work. He said because of people like him and pointed to me. I was completely shocked. I counted this guy as a friend who I knew from the neighborhood but had no idea I had that kind of impact on him. He had his scrapes with the man but went from negative to positive. He was helping a lot of kids who were on the periphery and with the potential to make mistakes none of us wanted them to make. All they needed was understanding. more opportunities and some hugs. :) I remember going home from work nearly in tears. This was a rough, tough guy. I also remember making a point of telling the people who influenced me how much impact they had on me. I could have gone the wrong way and times did when I was younger but it was them that kept me focused on doing the right thing. Thanks for the reminder Danny. And for the record you influence me. You are one of the best bloggers around. You always get to the heart of the matter. Respect.

Andrea T.H.W.
Andrea T.H.W.

It's not that easy and maybe you can't change the world alone but sometimes a single man or woman can do a lot like this guy or my preferred one Muhammad Yunus. The Grameen Bank founder. Obviously those who like to keep things as they are and staying above others, or just exploiting them, will always fight these kind of positive things. Nevertheless there is always that avalance theory where it all begins with a single snowflake.

 

And this is where hope lies. As someone else said "the longest journey begins with the first little step".

 

Happy weekend Danny and thanks for such an inspiring post.

 

T.F. (tweeted and facebooked) :)

Andrea T.H.W.
Andrea T.H.W.

It's not that easy and maybe you can't change the world alone but sometimes a single man or woman can do a lot like this guy or my preferred one Muhammad Yunus. The Grameen Bank founder. Obviously those who like to keep things as they are and staying above others, or just exploiting them, will always fight these kind of positive things. Nevertheless there is always that avalance theory where it all begins with a single snowflake.   And this is where hope lies. As someone else said "the longest journey begins with the first little step".   Happy weekend Danny and thanks for such an inspiring post.   T.F. (tweeted and facebooked) :)

BrandonPDuncan
BrandonPDuncan

Awesome? Yes. Sadly, people have started getting to the point where even something awesome will only be taken as the flavor of the moment. People resist life change and will be distracted by the next thing that comes along, purposely getting themselves off the hook so they will not have to face the fact that sustained effort is necessary for change to actually happen.

 

Sad. Thank you for sharing, though. 

 

BTW, nice new digs, here, sir! I like it.

BrandonPDuncan
BrandonPDuncan

Awesome? Yes. Sadly, people have started getting to the point where even something awesome will only be taken as the flavor of the moment. People resist life change and will be distracted by the next thing that comes along, purposely getting themselves off the hook so they will not have to face the fact that sustained effort is necessary for change to actually happen.   Sad. Thank you for sharing, though.    BTW, nice new digs, here, sir! I like it.

wmwebdes
wmwebdes

Aussies hugging... I've seen it all now!

Great vid and love the music.

wmwebdes
wmwebdes

Aussies hugging... I've seen it all now! Great vid and love the music.

rdopping
rdopping

Love that Sick Puppies song. It's pretty cool to see humanity still has heart. I was getting a little concerned there for a while.....Juan Mann is a cool dude in my books.

rdopping
rdopping

Love that Sick Puppies song. It's pretty cool to see humanity still has heart. I was getting a little concerned there for a while.....Juan Mann is a cool dude in my books.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

 @MelonieDodaro Agree, Melonie - there's no theatrics; there's no special effects; there's no grand parade. Just one man, offering nothing but himself - and being more powerful than any staged emotion could ever be.

 

Thank you!

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

 @MelonieDodaro Agree, Melonie - there's no theatrics; there's no special effects; there's no grand parade. Just one man, offering nothing but himself - and being more powerful than any staged emotion could ever be.   Thank you!

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

 @katieraspberry it is a pretty timeless video. I used it for my TedX talk in 2009, and it's still as awe-inspiring today as it was then. :)

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

 @katieraspberry it is a pretty timeless video. I used it for my TedX talk in 2009, and it's still as awe-inspiring today as it was then. :)

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

 @annelizhannan Juan Mann (and that video) has always been a favourite. Seemingly, the lady that first goes up and gives him a hug had just lost her dog that morning, and opened up to him. We need more Juan's.

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

 @annelizhannan Juan Mann (and that video) has always been a favourite. Seemingly, the lady that first goes up and gives him a hug had just lost her dog that morning, and opened up to him. We need more Juan's.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

 @KRLRose Incredible example, mate. It's so true - we see people every day and never really know what's going through their heads, good and bad. We need to take back that disconnection and reestablish what it means to be human.

 

And thank you for the kind words, sir, truly appreciated.

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

 @KRLRose Incredible example, mate. It's so true - we see people every day and never really know what's going through their heads, good and bad. We need to take back that disconnection and reestablish what it means to be human.   And thank you for the kind words, sir, truly appreciated.

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

 @Andrea T. H. W. Okay, now i have to go and research Muhammad Yunus - sounds quite the individual, mate.

 

Like you say, we rise above when we rise above (kinda ironic, given some of the stuff I say on here)... ;-)

 

Have a great one, mate!

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

 @Andrea T. H. W. Okay, now i have to go and research Muhammad Yunus - sounds quite the individual, mate.   Like you say, we rise above when we rise above (kinda ironic, given some of the stuff I say on here)... ;-)   Have a great one, mate!

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

 @BrandonPDuncan People value worth based on money and material surroundings. Which, as we both know, means nothing and is a flimsy platform to start with.

 

I met a homeless man once, and he was one of the smartest people I know. He could have been one of the world's great thought leaders yet, because of circumstance, found himself homeless and looked down upon by the majority of people that passed him.

 

Sad, indeed.

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

 @BrandonPDuncan People value worth based on money and material surroundings. Which, as we both know, means nothing and is a flimsy platform to start with.   I met a homeless man once, and he was one of the smartest people I know. He could have been one of the world's great thought leaders yet, because of circumstance, found himself homeless and looked down upon by the majority of people that passed him.   Sad, indeed.

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

 @rdopping Juan Mann is awesome - here's to more like him.

Andrea T.H.W.
Andrea T.H.W.

 @DannyBrown He's really an example, imho. Also because his work shows that many times we are forced to do things in a certain way not because it's the only way but because someone earns a lot of money from it. Through one of his businesses he provides families in Bangladesh with home plants producing natural gas from rubbish to cook and small others to get free electricity from the Sun. I guess they're under 200 dollars each. If it's possible to provide these kind of things in a country like Bangladesh then it's obvious that we could do the same everywhere in the world and if in the West homes are not self-sustaining as regards cooking gas and electricity it's not because there isn't the technology, mind you we got to the Moon and Bangladesh didn't, but because those in charge of government don't allow it because they make more money from taxes going through Companies. Which is very interesting because in Democracy governments should do everything in citizens' interest and not their own or of their friends. And I guess for the world and people it would be better if everyone had his own home power plant. And a lot of jobs would open for maintenance. But well this is not the way things go.

Andrea T.H.W.
Andrea T.H.W.

 @DannyBrown He's really an example, imho. Also because his work shows that many times we are forced to do things in a certain way not because it's the only way but because someone earns a lot of money from it. Through one of his businesses he provides families in Bangladesh with home plants producing natural gas from rubbish to cook and small others to get free electricity from the Sun. I guess they're under 200 dollars each. If it's possible to provide these kind of things in a country like Bangladesh then it's obvious that we could do the same everywhere in the world and if in the West homes are not self-sustaining as regards cooking gas and electricity it's not because there isn't the technology, mind you we got to the Moon and Bangladesh didn't, but because those in charge of government don't allow it because they make more money from taxes going through Companies. Which is very interesting because in Democracy governments should do everything in citizens' interest and not their own or of their friends. And I guess for the world and people it would be better if everyone had his own home power plant. And a lot of jobs would open for maintenance. But well this is not the way things go.

BrandonPDuncan
BrandonPDuncan

 @DannyBrown I've met similar. There was a guy I knew when I was at Oklahoma State Univ. that used to frequent one of the local bars (and by frequent, I mean FREQUENT). He was always extremely relaxed, never worried about anything, and was always extremely polite. Most people thought he was just a bum. Come to find out, he was extremely intelligent and had simply made the decision early on to not let material things become a burden. He didn't rely on having a bank account, lived in a "nice enough" house, and worked when he needed to. He traveled to various places building stages for concert venues. When he got paid, he just put the check in a bowl on his kitchen table. When he needed money, he cashed the oldest check in the bowl. I was amazed (and a little envious, honestly).

 

As for the homeless guy, I live in a place where panhandling is more the norm than not, but we always teach our kids not to look down on them. We don't know what put them in that situation---as with the gentleman you met, these folks may be some of the most intelligent people around. You simply never know. 

BrandonPDuncan
BrandonPDuncan

 @DannyBrown I've met similar. There was a guy I knew when I was at Oklahoma State Univ. that used to frequent one of the local bars (and by frequent, I mean FREQUENT). He was always extremely relaxed, never worried about anything, and was always extremely polite. Most people thought he was just a bum. Come to find out, he was extremely intelligent and had simply made the decision early on to not let material things become a burden. He didn't rely on having a bank account, lived in a "nice enough" house, and worked when he needed to. He traveled to various places building stages for concert venues. When he got paid, he just put the check in a bowl on his kitchen table. When he needed money, he cashed the oldest check in the bowl. I was amazed (and a little envious, honestly).   As for the homeless guy, I live in a place where panhandling is more the norm than not, but we always teach our kids not to look down on them. We don't know what put them in that situation---as with the gentleman you met, these folks may be some of the most intelligent people around. You simply never know.