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Automatic Influence Book My new book offers an easier way to lead change, using the power of intrinsic motivation. With the insights in Automatic Influence, you'll hit the power button that transforms you and the people you lead. Learn more.


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  • "Automatic Influence is the leader's new killer app."

    Todd Ostrander, CEO, Tectonic Audio Labs

  • Automatic Influence reveals the intrinsic motivation in all of us, waiting to be unleashed for the greater good. It offers practical tools to serve a team, showing how to use influence for the good of others on the basis of relationship instead of surface tactics. You and your team need this book.”

    Jeff Rogers, Chairman & CEO, OneAccord

  • "Erik Van Alstine is ahead of his time. The essence of his new book, Automatic Influence, is success and how to obtain it, and his approach is brilliant. This is a must-read for the nations of the world."

    Dr. Clyde Rivers, Honorary Ambassador at Large for the Republic of Burundi, Representative to the UN - New York, for the Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative

  • “In Automatic Influence, Erik Van Alstine explores the importance of perception, and the power it has to unlock our potential, to change ourselves, and influence others. True to the principles expressed here, Erik has done a great service in opening the possibilities for positive change, spiritual growth, and social development.”

    Robert A. Sirico, President, Acton Institute

  • “Throughout my life, I’ve had to face my fears to reach the next level. In Automatic Influence, Erik offers a plan to eliminate every useless fear, showing readers where fear comes from and how to beat it. These principles are rock solid and will definitely help you win in life.”

    Tim Brown, Heisman Trophy winner, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, and Author, The Making of a Man

  • “My friend Erik Van Alstine has unearthed something special: the root of power and love. Automatic Influence offers a revolutionary way to build bridges between people and nations, something I’m extremely passionate about. Thank you, Erik, for this insightful book.”

    James Robison, President, LIFE Outreach International, Publisher of the global news program, The Stream, and Author, Indivisible


  • Ever made a bad decision and regretted it? I have in business. Wow, it’s painful. I wasted precious time, lost loads of money, and missed out on other opportunities because I chased a fantasy. Or I didn’t go after the opportunity in the right way. Or I didn’t accurately count the cost. I’ve made bad […]

  • In my last blog about Mount Rainier, I wrote about how we see different angles of reality. Truth is often complex, and there can be many accurate views of it. Now I’m thinking about the way we often think in “sides,” and how often we often make the mistake of thinking in only two sides. “It’s […]

  • I have a view of Rainier from my back yard, a look from a Northwest angle. That means I see a dark shadow at sunrise and a pink glowing mountain at sunset. But if I lived in Yakima, east of Rainier, the mountain would be pink at sunrise and dark shadow at sunset. This shows […]

  • Ever email someone and they don’t email back? Text and they don’t text back? We feel put off, like we don’t matter. Or frustrated because we can’t get cooperation. “Nothing is more irritating,” says Billie Blair, president of a consulting firm. “My readers’ prime complaint,” says Judith Kallos, who runs a site on email etiquette, […]

  • What does it take to lead effectively? According to Bill Gates, “strength” isn’t the answer. Bill has some experience here, given his track record in business and strategic philanthropy, and one of his most recent statements cuts against conventional wisdom. He says, “Strong leadership isn’t necessarily good leadership.” It’s the takeaway from his recent blog […]

  • This interview gives the full skinny on my new book, Automatic Influence: New Power for Change in Work and Life. Listen and enjoy!

  • Recently I took a transforming journey. Not a travelogue through Italy, India and Indonesia to heal wounds, discover profound truth, and find my place in the universe. Just a trip to the mall and dinner at Red Robin. Endless Fries, Campfire Sauce, and My Moment of Truth I was with three of my children, Ross, Jess, […]

  • Imagine a job that’s stressing you to the max. The pressure is too much. The workloads are massive. The deadlines are intense. There’s so much anxiety that no one can think straight. People are discouraged because they can’t perform and they always feel behind. Everyone is looking for an exit. Then imagine another job where […]

  • Ever feel that people don’t listen? That they don’t want to hear what you have to say? Like they’re barely waiting for you to finish so they can start talking again? Of course. It’s like we live in a world with kids like Mateo here making his case for cupcakes. That’s hilarious. But exhausting to watch. Now let’s […]

  • In his recently published book Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations Dan Ariely shows how a friend found new motivation at work. “A young man I know,” writes Dan, “recently took a job at a hospital, disposing of waste and cleaning surgical equipment. After a few months on the job, he found it so […]

  • Our team has noticed a lot of realtors buying my book Automatic Influence. I thought, Maybe I could write a piece just for them. I grew up in a family of realtors. My father started his career in Century21 in 1980, when I was twelve years old. My mother got into the business soon after. Both of […]

  • I just wrote a book titled Automatic Influence to help leaders, salespeople, parents – anyone who wants more influence for themselves and wants to motivate others for the greater good. I also lead Automatic Influence one-day training sessions. In one session, I show this shocking video. As a group, we discuss what we observed. The […]