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What’s Your Story?

We all have many story lines. Yet telling them, getting our messaging right is hard. Sometimes the pieces don’t fit together naturally. How can we weave them together to clearly convey our message and make it relevant to employees, customers and the public at large? How can we take our facts and figures and weave them into a compelling logical or emotional argument?

My role as a journalist and consultant is to weave together disparate pieces into a single compelling narrative. The result is your story well told.

Your story will:

  • Communicate your core values
  • Educate and inform the market
  • Build rapport and establish connections
  • Inspire and encourage employees
  • Clarify emotions/cope with problems

CSE Consulting

I work with individuals and organizations to articulate and communicate their stories to achieve positive business outcomes. In today’s fast paced world it isn’t enough to have a blockbuster idea, product, or message. You have to engage and connect with your audience to communicate your story. But for many it can be a struggle to capture the essence of their narrative. That’s where I help.

Once a compelling story is crafted, the challenge is to connect with an audience that is being overwhelmed with data and information. I work with clients to help cut through the noise and deliver the right message to the right audience to address a specific business objective. A compelling story is a powerful tool that can be used to:
Cheryl Einhorn Consulting Work

  • Develop new lines of business
  • Reorganize/reposition businesses
  • Align the workforce
  • Develop marketing plans
  • Create fundraising materials
  • Develop media strategies
  • Speech/ghostwriting

“Cheryl Einhorn’s advice is thoughtful, creative and valuable. She is effective and strategic in how she thinks about my work and growing my business. She is a pleasure to work with.”

– Tony Blair


I practice what I preach. The same work that I do for consulting clients I do for media outlets. For the past 20 years, I’ve written business, economic and financial stories for a wide range of print publications including Barron’s, the New York Times, Foreign Policy Magazine and Pro Publica. I’ve also spent many years appearing live on-air for CNBC providing insight and analysis into the futures markets. In addition, I’ve worked producing investigative television stories for Inside Edition where I won the ACE AWARD for achievement in consumer reporting for an investigative story on charity fraud. I’ve won several journalism awards for my decade-long work as an editor and columnist at Barron’s where I was named the best commodities reporter in the country.

Take a look at Cheryl’s investigation into the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation. It ran in Foreign Policy Magazine and on Pro Publica’s website. Please contact me if you are interested in speaking about an investigative, feature or editorial story in the area of business, economics and finance.

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AREA Method

My process is called the AREA Method and I designed it initially as a research and decision making system to help me with my investigative journalism stories. I found it so useful for solving complex problems and managing for mental mistakes such as assumption, judgement and bias that I began teaching with it at Columbia University, first at the Graduate School of Journalism and more recently at Columbia Business School.

Now I use it for individual, not-for-profit and corporate consulting clients to create and execute strategic plans. Each unique solution is developed to clearly illustrate your narrative in a variety of ways such as public relations, social media, website content, editorial writing, media strategy and so much more.

Read about AREA at my website and pick up a copy of my book Problem Solved on Amazon.

Recent Work

An Uptick in Somali Piracy Caused by a Wave of Poor Maritime Decision-Making

How the AREA Method is helping high schoolers make big decisions better

Four habits to help you make better decisions now.

AREA Method: What President Trump & Tom Brady Have In Common

AREA Method: The Perils of Prediction

Are Misaligned Incentives Handcuffing the International Criminal Court?

AREA Method: How Flawed Data Trumped A Hillary Presidency

Read Cheryl’s latest story for the Council on Foreign Relations about the US’ counter terrorism strategy.

AREA Method: David Brook’s ‘Choice Explosion’ Explains Why Good Decision-Making Is in Short Supply

Story about Undemocratic Democracies for the Council On Foreign Relations

Story for The Counsel On Foreign Relations entitled Legitimizing Xenophobia: How South Africa Breeds Distrust of Foreigners

Panel moderation for Private Equity Real Estate Conference in New York on Wednesday, November 11

Discussion panel Monday September 21, about the changing landscape of college admissions

The Conflicting Messages of Jacob Zuma for the Council on Foreign Relations

Story for the Council On Foreign Relations entitled Coming Clean: Was Justice Served In The Ivory Coast Trial of Simone Gbagbo?

Story for the Council on Foreign Relations about the International Criminal Court entitled To Catch A Victim and A Perpetrator

The International Criminal Court for the Christian Science Monitor

Article for Chief Executive about the limits of CEO free speech.

Chief Executive story explaining why some CEOs aren’t concerned about the strong US dollar.

Story for the Council on Foreign Relations about Tanzania’s new constitution.

Story for Chief Executive analyzing what the midterm election results reveal about the economy.

Story for the Council On Foreign Relations about the International Criminal Court entitled Delaying President Kenyatta’s Justice

October 6th – Cheryl’s moderated speaker series for the JCC of Mid-Westchester focused on 21st Century Education.

Article for the Council on Foreign Relations entitled An Expensive Lesson in Education.

Article for the Council on Foreign Relations about the Ghanaian economic crisis.

June 10th – Cheryl’s moderated speaker series for the JCC of Mid-Westchester with KIND Healthy Snacks CEO and founder Daniel Lubetzky.

Tony Blair’s speech, Why The Middle East Matters.

Tony Blair delivers a speech titled Education is Security addressing how to fight religious extremism before the United Nations at a session of the Global Counter-Terrorism Task Force.

Can You Fight Poverty With a Five-Star Hotel?

Do Better CEOs Get Better Feedback?

Management Styles: Finding and Fixing Your Achilles Heel


About Cheryl Einhorn

Cheryl Einhorn is a media consultant, award-winning journalist covering business, economic and financial news and a long-time educator as an adjunct professor at both the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and at the Columbia Business School. Learn about Cheryl’s research and decision-making framework the AREA Method.

What’s Your Story?