Brian Ahearn, CPCU, CTM, CPT, CMCT

Brian Ahearn is a dynamic international keynote speaker, author, coach and consultant. He specializes in applying the science of influence and persuasion in everyday situations.

He is one of only 20 individuals in the world who currently holds the Cialdini Method Certified Trainer® (CMCT) designation and one of just a handful to have earned the Cialdini Pre-suasion Trainer® (CPT) designation.

These specializations in the psychology of persuasion were earned directly from Robert B. Cialdini, Ph.D., the most cited living social psychologist in the world on the science of ethical influence. Brian is also a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter and Competent Toastmaster.


Brian’s passion is to help you achieve greater professional success and enjoy more personal happiness. He does this by teaching you how to ethically move others to action using the science of influence. Always looking to perfect his presentation skills, Brian regularly does improv comedy and some occasional acting. This enables him to have fast-paced, lively and engaging presentations.


A graduate of Miami University, Brian has been in the business arena for more than 30 years and training people for over two decades. In addition to his influence, sales and leadership work, Brian has been a business coach to regional vice presidents, sales managers, field sales reps and wealth advisors.

Writing and Training

Named one of the Top 100 Influencers of 2016 by the Science of Digital Marketing, Brian’s blog has readers in 200 countries and was one of the Top 30 Psychology Blogs of 2012 according to the Online Psychology Degree Guide.

Brian’s book – Influence PEOPLE: Powerful Everyday Opportunities to Persuade that are Lasting and Ethical – came out in August 2019 and quickly reached Amazon best-seller status in several categories. It was also named one of the Top 100 Influence Books of All Time by BookAuthority.

Brian has also authored LinkedIn Learning courses on how to apply influence in sales and coaching. His courses have been viewed by more than 100,000 people around the world.


Brian enjoys physical activity and travel. In his younger days he was a competitive bodybuilder. When he decided to put the weights down, he took up running and twice qualified for the historic Boston Marathon. An avid martial artist, he’s a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo.

A Scotch lover, to celebrate their 30th anniversary he and Jane spent three weeks in Scotland. Their daughter Abigail is studying to be an American Sign Language interpreter.

Brian has worked with the following organizations:


  • Sun Life Financial – Canada
  • American Axle & Manufacturing – Mexico
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • LinkedIn Learning
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • RR Donnelly / DLS Worldwide
  • BancFirst
  • UBS
  • TriVista
  • Honor Capital
  • The Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • The Ohio State University
  • Franklin University
  • The Ohio Society of CPAs
  • Integrated Leadership Systems
  • Human Resources of Central Ohio
  • Arizona School Administrators
  • Central Ohio Coaches
  • Ohio Recruiters Association
  • Live Oak Resource Partners
  • Redbrick Health
  • Doctor Hospital Data, LLC
  • MDPromptPay, LLC
  • Bare Essentials
  • Innovate New Albany


  • The Hanover Insurance Group
  • Grange Insurance
  • Westfield Insurance
  • Acuity Insurance
  • Main Street America Insurance Group
  • Indiana Farmers Insurance
  • National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC)
  • Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado
  • Society of Insurance Trainers and Educators (S.I.T.E.)
  • Insurance Board of Northern Ohio (IBNO)
  • CPCU Society (Cleveland Chapter)
  • Assurex Global
  • Frost Insurance
  • Bouvier Insurance
  • BancFirst Insurance
  • Goosehead Insurance
  • Keystone Insurers Group
  • Sinclair Risk and Financial Management
  • Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance (SIAA)
  • Agency Support Network of America (ASNoA)
  • First State Insurance Agency
  • Burkhardt Insurance
  • Joe Vincent Seminar
  • Chicagoland SIA
  • Valley Insurance Agency Alliance
  • Powers Insurance & Risk Management