How to Spot a Lie [Infographic]

Last year, while conducting an early-bird workshop at a large conference, I was interested to observe that one of the workshops had standing room only attendance. I love to connect with other trainers and learn from their creativity. In a setting like this one, where the plethora of choices in the conference line-up is almost overwhelming, the way you title your content is critical. Her workshop was, “How to Detect When People are Lying”. A handy skill, right? Happily, I was able to talk with Alicia Cuello as we shared a table at a scheduled book signing.
As a leadership and communications expert, I have studied Neuro-Linguistics and the intricacies of body language. As a human resources trainer, Alicia acquired the training that law enforcement professionals receive on the interrogation process and applied it to interviewing new-hires as well as dealing with employment issues that every human resource professional must address. How to spot a lie is both fascinating and practical.

The content-laden info-graphic below offers highlights on principles of body language. The tips are great and the statistics are compelling.

Consider these facts:

  • Non-verbal channels communicate attitudes and feelings 12.5 times better than verbal ones.
  • A study conducted by the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging discovered that the brain needs just 200 milliseconds to get all the facial expression information required to understand the emotional state of a person. This is one of the reasons text messaging and emails can be disastrous choices when communicating emotion-laden messages.
  • Scientists at Duke University discovered that the optimal sound frequency of a human voice is somewhere near 125 Hz. The lower the voice, the more authority it carries.
  • 67% of job candidates failed to receive an offer because they avoided eye contact.
  • Smiling without feeling happy can help make the feeling actually appear.

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Body Language: From Common Signs to Spotting Lies

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