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@Beth - you are so right about horse back riding and trust. I don't have the experience you have, I went only a couple of times in the hills of Tuscany when I was staying in a farm, and I concur with your assessment. Horses are powerful and beautiful animals and can be amazing partners in healing, too.

@Steve - we have such a good group of smart people participating to the chat. This one had high energy from all, a record 600+ messages and 81 participants. We can measure actions and do a better job at identifying correlation to understand the effect of influence.

I love those #kaizenblog chats! Connecting with real influence is something I always stride for in my marketing/writing because it's one of the most powerful things you can hope to achieve.

It's hard to measure influence at times, but even if I have affected one person in a positive way it makes the efforts worth it.

I just have to say that I love the cover on this presentation!

As a rider (albeit not for years due to a neck injury), I can say that influencing a horse is the strongest influence a person can have. And it's NOT about control... it's about trust, understanding, compassion, partnership, patience, frustration, and connection (i.e. knowing when to back off for the greater good, knowing when to get back in the saddle after being bucked.).

It's ultimately a two-way street between horse and rider. It's an invaluable life lesson.

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