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 in everyday situations.

He is one of only a dozen 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 Cialdini, Ph.D., the most cited living social psychologist in the world on the science of ethical influence. Brian is also a Competent Toastmaster and a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter.

Passion and Experience

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 does improv comedy and occasional acting. This enables him to have fast-paced, lively and engaging presentations.

A cum laude 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 first 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. His second book, Persuasive Selling for Relationship Driven Insurance Agents, was an Amazon new release bestseller in several categories.

In addition to his writing, Brian’s LinkedIn Learning courses on how to apply influence in sales and coaching have been viewed by more than 400,000 people around the world.

Personal and Family

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 an American Sign Language interpreter.

Brian has worked with the following organizations:


  • Sun Life Financial – Canada
  • American Axle & Manufacturing – Mexico
  • Canadian Wealth Strategies – Canada
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • LinkedIn Learning
  • Emeritus
  • RR Donnelley
  • BancFirst
  • UBS
  • TriVista
  • Honor Capital
  • Veloxis Pharmaceuticals
  • Big Brother, Big Sisters of Central Ohio
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • The Ohio State University
  • Vanderbilt 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 Escentuals
  • Innovate New Albany


  • The Hanover Insurance Group
  • Grange Insurance
  • Westfield Insurance
  • Acuity Insurance
  • MMG Insurance
  • Main Street America Insurance Group
  • Columbia Insurance Group
  • Indiana Farmers Insurance
  • GuideOne Insurance
  • National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC)
  • Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB)
  • Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado
  • PIA of Wisconsin
  • Ohio Insurance Agents Association (OIA)
  • 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