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Quarterly Newsletter

Wow, 2019 is now half over. I hope it’s going well for you on a professional and personal level. Thanks for giving me a few moments of your time and attention.

I have exciting news to share…my first book comes out next month! Influence PEOPLE: Powerful Everyday Opportunities to Persuade that are Lasting and Ethical will be available on Amazon in eBook and paperback initially with an audio version later this year. The book gives you the practical, “how to” application for the psychology of persuasion in every day situations. This has been years in the making so I’m thrilled to share it with you. Below is the amazing cover designed by Michael Franzese.

What is Influence PEOPLE?

The transition from corporate America to Influence PEOPLE continues to be an incredible experience! In some respects it’s been more challenging than expected but it’s also been much more fulfilling than I ever imagined. Every day I’m energized because I know what I do helps people like you enjoy more success at the office and happiness at home. Loving what you do and knowing it helps people makes every day a good day! Here’s what Influence PEOPLE is all about:

  • Why: Help you enjoy more professional success and personal happiness.
  • How: Teach you how to apply the science of ethical influence in every day situations.
  • What: Speak, write, train, coach and consult around the psychology of influence.
  • Who: We work with business leaders, salespeople, coaches, attor-neys and other people just like you.


LinkedIn Learning

During the second quarter my newest course, Building a Coaching Culture: Improving Performance Through Timely Feedback, went live. If you coach people then you won’t want to miss this learning opportunity. I also started my fourth LinkedIn Learning course which shows you how to persuade different personality types. Keep an eye out for that one in the 3rd quarter. To see short previews of each course click here.




The second quarter was busy with guest appearances on the following podcasts: David Avrin’s The Very Visible Podcast,  Networking Rx with Frank Agin, Jamming with Jason hosted by Jason Mefford, and Donald Meador’s The Corporate Middle. Podcasts are a great way to learn almost anywhere, even in the car. If you visit my podcast page you’ll see those podcasts and many others.



The featured workshop this quarter is The Principles of Persuasion. This 2-day training is based on Robert Cialdini’s best-selling book Influence: Science and Practice. The workshop dives deep into the principles of persuasion that can be used to ethically influence people. The principles are scientifically proven and are universal across all cultures. In this workshop you’ll learn how to build relationships, overcome uncertainty and motivate people to action. To find out more click here.


Best of…

If you enjoy learning but find it difficult to locate good content look no further! Time is your most valuable asset so don’t spend too much of it searching. To help you save a little time below are a few great books to read, podcasts to listen to and videos to watch.

Incognito by John Eagleman. This is a fascinating read on how your brain works and the implications on your choices, free will, who you are and much more. If you’re more into viewing than reading you can watch his documentary, The Brain with David Eagleman, on Prime Video.

Friction by Roger Dooley. Roger is an expert in neuromarketing. In his latest book he looks at things businesses do that cause friction and hurt their sales and customer service. You’ll never be the same after you read his book because you’ll spot friction everywhere. The good news is; you’ll also see friction in what you do and and you’ll have a chance to correct it.

Behavioral Grooves is hosted by Kurt Nelson and Tim Houlihan. I had the privilege of being a guest on their show last year. Not only will you learn how to use behavioral economics to improve your life and/or workplace, you’ll have fun doing it. I’ve not come across a more fun podcast than this one. Bonus: you’ll also learn a little about music from Tim.

American Negotiation Institute podcast is hosted by Kwame Christian. On the podcast you’ll learn about psychology and negotiations. Kwame invited me on the show but that’s not why I recommend it. Kwame’s love of learning, inquisitive interview style and interesting guests makes for an enjoyable experience whenever you tune in.

Video Presentations
Learn How to Control Your Mind from Joe Dispenza. Change is never easy but change can be easier if you know why you do what you do. In this short video Joe Dispenza talks about the subconscious programs that are running your life before you realize it. An eye opening presentation on why you do what you do and why you’re who you are.

Getting Stuck in the Negative is a Ted Talk from Alison Ledgerwood, a psychology professor at UC Davis. She explores why it’s so easy to get in a negative mindset and why it can be so hard to change a negative mindset. You’ll appreciate that she uses science to help you gain understanding.

Brian Ahearn, CPCU, CTM, CMCT®

Brian Ahearn is the Chief Influence Officer at Influence PEOPLE, LLC. An international speaker, coach and consultant, he’s one of only 20 people in the world personally trained by Robert Cialdini, Ph.D., the most cited living social psychologist on the topic of ethical influence.

Brian’s LinkedIn Learning courses Persuasive SellingPersuasive Coaching and Building a Coaching Culture: Improving Performance through Timely Feedback, have been viewed by more than 70,000 people! Keep an eye out for Advanced Persuasive Selling: Persuading Different Personalities this fall.

Brian can be reached at: or 614.313.1663.

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