What are people saying about Brian Ahearn

and Influence PEOPLE?


Brian has been mentioned in the same circles as Colin Powell, Zig Ziglar, Stephen Covey, Jack Canfield, Dennis Waitley, Marcus Luttrell, and Toastmasters World Champions Ed Tate and Dananjaya Hettiarachchi.


Jim Hackbarth, former CEO at Assurex Global, had this to say about Brian after he presented at the Assurex North American Sales Conference, “The last time I have seen such high marks was when we had Colin Powell as our keynote.”


Robert B. Cialdini, Ph.D.


When Brian Ahearn speaks, people listen. That is so because he knows his material thoroughly, and he knows how to present it superbly. The upshot is that the genuine insights he provides are not just immediately understandable, they are also immediately actionable and profitable.

“This is the BEST TED talk I’ve ever seen. Brian, this is a masterclass. You synthesized such a vast amount of peer reviewed research in an easily understandable way while showing people how they can use the skills practically to change their lives for the better. Kudos to you, my friend. This is endlessly impressive. Keep shining and keep sharing!”

Jim Hackbarth
Former CEO
Assurex Global

You hit it out of the park!  The last time I have seen such high marks was when we had Colin Powell as our keynote a few years ago.

Seth Zaremba
Zinc Insurance

If you take someone who can command a room and knows his stuff and then you put a topic in there that’s interesting to anybody who’s interested in being more effective, then you’ve got a grand slam and Brian’s a grand slam! 

Terry Carson
Insurance Professional

Brian is very passionate about what he’s doing. I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. He’s probably the best speaker I’ve ever seen at the I-Day event, and I’ve been coming here for 20 years.


Mike Widman
C&W Insurance

Of all the speakers I’ve listened to during my 24 years in the insurance industry, Brian Ahearn is at the very top of the list. From beginning to end, Brian commanded the stage and captivated his audience like I’ve never seen before. The only speaker I’ve seen who compares is Marcus Luttrell, the Navy Seal who wrote Lone Survivor.


Linda Bolte

Commercial Lines Account Manager
Melcher & Prescott Insurance

That was one of the best presentations that I have attended in a VERY LONG time.  I have been a Dennis Waitley, Jack Canfield and Stephen Covey fan follower my entire career.  I rate you in that crowd!  I ordered your book and can’t wait to read it.  Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

Mike Moore

Director of Preconstruction Strategy and Process
Preconstruction Services

I have participated in many different sessions over the last 25 years, including Zig Ziglar and Stephen Covey.  I want to let you know that I had a couple of specific takeaways from your session that hit home.


David Thomson

Brian Ahearn is an incredible individual that I’d recommend to anyone looking for a world class speaker on the topic of influence.

I’ve worked with the world champion toastmasters public speaking champion and Brian would give him a run for his money! Engage his services then sit back and be thoroughly engaged.

Laurens Steed, Ph.D.
Dr. John F. Mee Endowed
Asst Professor of Mgt
Miami University 

Brian did a fantastic job in his presentation to my Negotiations and Conflict Management Class. His presentation was clear, engaging, and relevant. It was probably the best format for a virtual presentation I have ever seen, and his presentation style was equally excellent. Further, the content had immediate applicability for students and was well tailored to their specific course. Students gave him rave reviews, and I was thrilled that he was able to join the class and share his knowledge!

Brian Brusoski
Executive Vice President
Keystone Insurers Group

When you have a seasoned audience, it’s not easy to find a keynote speaker who delivers value in very strategic, motivational, and pragmatic ways. Brian checks every box! He engaged our audience on professional and personal levels, reframing the way we view our interactions with clients and prospects. He is a true teacher, someone who wants people to succeed – intentionally delivering content stacked with statistics that get elevated through relatable case studies.  We’ll have him back again as his presentation continues to be refined and grows through the years. We look forward to where it goes next!

Monica Guillory
Former Director, HR & Workplace Inclusion
RR Donnelley

RRD Logistics invited Brian Ahearn to keynote a presentation at our DLS Worldwide Logistics Agent and Sales meeting. We are very proud of the extensive transportation experertise of our Sales organization, broad multi-mode service offerings, and doing the right things the right way. We know Logistics and are very good at it. However, we wanted Brian to help teach our experienced reps how to “increase their overall effectiveness.” Brian delivered!! With Brian’s influence PEOPLE principles, we are better prepared with fresh, practical strategies to create more win/win scenarios for the clients we serve.

Mike Brode
Vice President Education and Technical Services
Property & Liability Resource Bureau

Brian kicked off our recent educational event as our keynote speaker.  He did a fantastic job of tailoring his message to our audience of insurance claims professionals.  His presentation was full of great tips on influence that we could immediately apply at work and home, all backed by studies and science.  Brian brought the goods and had the receipts to support his points.  It is without reservation that I would recommend Brian for your event.

Elizabeth Martinez
President & CEO
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Ohio

Brian Ahearn delivered a tremendous amount of value to our team through his Influence PEOPLE training. He was able to offer practical tools to be implemented across all departments within our organization. His expertise and insight into how to influence others at the core is about leveraging the power of human connection. I recommend Brian to anyone looking to bolster your ability to make strong connections to build a case for meaningful partnership.

Steven P. Haas
Association Partnership
DLS – Worldwide

Brian Ahearn possesses a unique combination of creative and analytical skills and knows how to engage an audience.

Prior to his presentation he focused on our company and our objectives prepared a one-of-a-kind presentation that would keep us coming back for more.

He arrived dressed one step ahead of our audience; opened our conference with energy and purpose and aligned his messages with our other presenter.

During his presentation he shared both familiar & non-familiar information; gave our audience ways to remember his points and implement prescribed strategies in our day-to-day activities.

After his presentation, shared useful tools; joined us for lunch; answered all pertinent questions and provided immediate and accurate follow-through.

I would highly recommend that you engage and involve Brian Ahearn in moving your group, team, or association to a whole new level.

The proof is not in the pudding – it’s in the second helping, and we’ll definitely access him as a resource for our own future conferences.

Jamie Leddin
Leadership Consultant at The Leddin Group
Lecturerer at Vanderbilt University

Brian engaged my MBA students from start to finish.  He shared his expertise on ethical influence in an easy-to-understand format – his presentation style is flawless and approachable.  I appreciated his willingness to answer impromptu questions. Brian gave us a lot to think about as we approach our daily negotiations.

Steven Berry
Former President – New England Region
Main Street America Group.

Wanted to shoot you a note to say “THANKS” for the great presentation at our National Sales Conference in Nashville.  Your message really hit the mark and met the desire that I had of providing our national sales team with an added skill to add to their repertoire.  The message, examples and manner in which you were able to bring your points across really resonated with our sales team and I heard many of them recognizing and using some of the very actionable tips you provided to help them have more success in influencing people AND their results in some of the meetings that followed.  That is the sign of an effective guest speaker;  when we’ve got people putting what they’ve learned into play before they even get back on the plane to head for home!


Tory Pachis
Vice President – Marketing
Amica Insurance

At The Hanover, we have a history of leveraging internal leaders for our Personal Lines National Sales Meeting.  In 2020, we wanted to switch things up and bring in an external speaker for a new perspective.  After a very selective vetting process, we invited Brian to speak on the principles of influence and persuasion.  He was an engaging speaker and his content was relevant to our industry and applicable in our everyday lives, at home and at work.  I’d strongly recommend Brian if you are looking to improve the effectiveness of your sales, marketing and communications.

Kevin Kelly
Former VP Sales & Strategic Initiatives
Indiana Farmers Insurance

Do you and your team want to interact with each other and customers in ways that build more collaborative and productive relationships? Do you want to experience more supportive and enjoyable relationships with your spouse and kids? If so, Brian Ahearn can help you. What Brian teaches is practical, effective and has broad application. He is one of the most engaging people and teachers I know.

With COVID-19 restrictions, we altered our original training plans from having Brian on site working with our team to interacting over Zoom. We divided the material up into bite size chunks to make it easier to digest and maintain engagement in a virtual format. It worked out very well. Whether in person or in a virtual setting, you will enjoy learning what Brian shares and can immediately start applying what you learn to the various aspects of your life.

Al Jannett
First State Insurance Agency

Your presentation to our group The Principals of Persuasion: The Science of Influence for Insurance Professionals received rave reviews from our entire staff. The only complaint was directed at me for not booking you for the entire day. The principals you teach relate not just to our profession, but to any relationship including with our families. Even our seasoned producers commented that they learned new ways to more effectively build and maintain relationships with prospects and clients with a more strategic approach deploying the principals you introduced. I believe we will qualify opportunities better, convert more of those opportunities to presentations and increase our closing ratio. Your presentation will make the entire staff better at First State.

Tim Ristoff
Managing Director & CEO
TriVista Business Group

TriVista Business Group invited Brian Ahearn to speak at our employee “High Potential Conference” regarding the critical need to learn the skills of influencing people.  TriVista’s “High Potential Conference” is a unique opportunity for future leaders of our firm to hear from business and government leaders as well as key subject matter experts.  Each of our sessions are focused on strengthening our companies value system and value proposition in the marketplace.  Brian’s insight and presentation added tremendously to our conference and I would highly recommend him.

Anthony Tormey
President & CEO
Leader Development Institute


Brian Ahearn is an extraordinary leader with extraordinary character. We have consulted with each other on many occasions and he has always provided great insight when needed. I consider Brian a “go to” resource.

Paul Saccomando
Operations Manager
Russell Bond & Co. Inc.

I had the pleasure of hearing Brian speak in Chicago at the NAMIC conference. Having heard many speakers over the years about sales skills, getting people to say yes, and other tactics, I was not expecting new or exciting from this segment about Influencing People. I was dead wrong because Brian’s presentation was awesome! He used real life examples, scientific studies, and his easy speaking style to engage participants. The best thing is you leave his presentations with concrete actionable items and transferrable ideas to improve your interactions with people on both personal and business levels. If you have the opportunity to hear Brian speak, do not hesitate!

Robert Sutter
President Keystone Organic Growth Division
Keystone Insurers Group 

Brian Ahearn does a remarkable job in explaining the tenets of the Principles of Influence. He is an engaging presenter of fascinating information that, when applied in business situations, motivates the parties to whom we are speaking to take the actions we are recommending. If you want your sales force, or presentation teams to be more effective, Brian is the man you want them to hear.

Greg Wilkerson
Sr. Vice President
Frost Insurance


This was one of the best seminars that I have ever attended. Brian Ahearn’s communication and teaching of Dr. Cialdini’s principles of persuasion into business applications specifically for our industry were extremely relevant and applicable in both my work and personal life. This was a seminar that ever minute was time well spent and the information learned is easy to take back and apply immediately. The information is already making my relationships with clients better. The use of a few seemly simple applications have already helped in developing relationships with prospects quickly and I am excited about the continued study of the material and my note to apply the information into my practice. This is a seminar that I would recommend to all sales persons to increase not only sales, but to help develop new and better relationships with prospects, client, and piers.

Melissa Fisher
Growth Strategist and Adjunct Professor of Marketing
The Ohio State University


Brian spoke to my Consumer Behavior class. He skillfully translated the concepts of influence and persuasion to a group of students who are, at first, a tough group. Through his examples and questions, Brian brought the concepts to life and made them relevant to his audience. Students became visibly more engaged as the talk proceeded, they asked great questions, and several talked one on one with Brian after the presentation. He was even generous enough to allow several students to follow up with him later.