Entries by Brian Ahearn, CMCT®

Quarterly Newsletter

Most people would say 2020 and first quarter started great. We saw record highs in the stock market, record lows on unemployment and low interest rates to name just a few of the economic metrics. Life was prosperous for manyAmericans and people around the world. Then suddenly it came to a halt with Covid-19. The pandemic is unprecedented […]

Man, this sucks! Sucks compared to what?

Across most of the nation, and much of the world, people are self-quarantining. In some cases, the quarantine is imposed by government order. In either case, some people are complaining, “Man, this sucks!” I’d like to offer a different viewpoint and ask, “Sucks compared to what?” Nelson Mandela The late Nelson Mandela, statesman and leader […]

Do You Have Faith?

Do you have faith? I do. My perspective on faith comes from my Christian worldview. The Bible defines faith as follows; “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) From there the chapter goes on to list people who lived by faith. Examples of Faith We all […]

7 Deadly Sins When Trying to Influence PEOPLE

I just celebrated my 12th anniversary partnering with INFLUENCE AT WORK, the organization headed up by Robert Cialdini, Ph.D. Cialdini, sometimes called “the Godfather of influence”, is the most cited living social psychologist on the planet when it comes to the science of influence. I have the privilege of being one of only two dozen […]

“The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, uttered those words in 1932, during his first inaugural address. The American people were scared because of the stock market crash and subsequent depression. When FDR spoke, it didn’t look like things were going to get better any time soon. It strikes me that we’re […]

The Data Tells The Story…Not!

I was listening to a podcast recently and the guest said, “The data tells the story.” I would contend it’s not the data that tells the story but rather, how the data is presented. Let me share several examples. Unhealthy Big Macs In Made to Stick, authors Chip and Dan Heath shared a story about […]

From Womb to Tomb Each of Us is a Persuader

From womb to tomb, each of us uses the skill of persuasion throughout our lifetime. As soon as babies come into the world they cry because they want to be held, fed, burped or changed. They don’t understand they’re engaging the skill we call persuasion, but they know they have a need and they want […]

Is the System Broken?

“May you live in interesting times,” is said to be an ancient Chinese curse. While there’s no documented proof of the Chinese origin, one could say we are cursed to live in such a time in American politics. With the acquittal of President Trump by the Senate last week, people who wanted to see him […]