Pamela Meyer

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Leading Expert on Deception and Trust; Certified Fraud Examiner; Top 20 TED Speaker, “How To Spot a Liar;” Author, Best-selling book “Liespotting”; CEO, Calibrate

Biography

Pamela Meyer is on a mission to help people take back the truth. Her TED Talk, “How to Spot a Liar,” is a worldwide sensation. With more than 26 million views and translated into more than 40 languages, it is the 13th most-watched TED Talk of all time. The talk is based on her bestselling book, “Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception” (St. Martin’s Press, July 2010).

The stunning popularity of Meyer’s TED Talk and book are solid testimony to the relevance and timeliness of her valuable work. There’s a deception epidemic, and it’s getting worse. Businesses lose an estimated 7% of annual revenue to fraud each year. According to studies by several different researchers, most of us encounter nearly 200 lies a day. It happens in person, on the phone, in email. It happens when buying, negotiating, interviewing, and interacting with colleagues, vendors, customers, friends, family, and others. In this environment, it’s important to be equipped with the skills to protect yourself in your daily business and personal encounters.

Meyer brings years of knowledge – previously found only in the intelligence community, police training academies and universities – to the effort to uncover the truth and build trust. She synthesizes her C-suite business savvy with the critical deception detection skills she’s accumulated: advanced interviewing and interrogation techniques; facial micro-expression reading; body language interpretation; statement analysis; facial action coding systems; and behavior elicitation techniques. These techniques were developed by U.S. espionage, intelligence, security and law enforcement agencies over the last 75 years, and refined by the top psychologists and psychiatrists at leading American research universities and think tanks. The result is a specialized body of information developed specifically to help business executives, managers, investment professionals, human resources specialists, lawyers, insurance professionals, corporate officers, and others detect deception and get the information they need to successfully conduct their most important interactions/transactions and build trust.

As a speaker, Meyer’s high-energy keynote talks and interactive workshops are as entertaining as they are useful, incorporating timely video and examples from the day’s headlines. She provides her audience with detailed scientific findings on which personality types lie, how deception is expressed in e-mail, on the phone, and in person, and how to detect deception through body language. She also teaches statement analysis, interviewing techniques, and interrogation and negotiation strategy, using rich, entertaining real-life examples. She is known for keeping her audience laughing while they learn, and she presents a path toward trust that emphasizes integrity, maturity and honesty.

Meyer’s work and her BASIC method for detecting deception have been featured in Business Week, The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The New York Post, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Huffington Post, ABC News, Portfolio, Fox Radio, Cosmopolitan, and numerous syndicated radio and television programs.

Meyer is the founder and CEO of Calibrate in Washington, D.C., which helps businesses root out lying, cut down on fraud and detect inside threats. She and her team work closely with business executives to offer a blend of hard skills training, business savvy and strategic insight.

Prior to her current roles, Meyer was, for more than 20 years, an executive in the media business, starting several successful ventures and working as well as a senior executive at National Geographic, Vestron and Electronic Arts.

Meyer holds an MBA from Harvard, a master’s degree in public policy from Claremont Graduate School and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. She is a frequent commentator on the future of deception and has been featured on all of the major news networks, Dr Phil, Harvard Business Review, and NPR.

Pamela Meyer is available for paid speaking engagements including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, conference talks, and advisory/consulting services through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception

(St. Martin's Press, July 2010)

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Biography

Pamela Meyer is on a mission to help people take back the truth. Her TED Talk, “How to Spot a Liar,” is a worldwide sensation. With more than 26 million views and translated into more than 40 languages, it is the 13th most-watched TED Talk of all time. The talk is based on her bestselling book, “Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception” (St. Martin’s Press, July 2010).

The stunning popularity of Meyer’s TED Talk and book are solid testimony to the relevance and timeliness of her valuable work. There’s a deception epidemic, and it’s getting worse. Businesses lose an estimated 7% of annual revenue to fraud each year. According to studies by several different researchers, most of us encounter nearly 200 lies a day. It happens in person, on the phone, in email. It happens when buying, negotiating, interviewing, and interacting with colleagues, vendors, customers, friends, family, and others. In this environment, it’s important to be equipped with the skills to protect yourself in your daily business and personal encounters.

Meyer brings years of knowledge – previously found only in the intelligence community, police training academies and universities – to the effort to uncover the truth and build trust. She synthesizes her C-suite business savvy with the critical deception detection skills she’s accumulated: advanced interviewing and interrogation techniques; facial micro-expression reading; body language interpretation; statement analysis; facial action coding systems; and behavior elicitation techniques. These techniques were developed by U.S. espionage, intelligence, security and law enforcement agencies over the last 75 years, and refined by the top psychologists and psychiatrists at leading American research universities and think tanks. The result is a specialized body of information developed specifically to help business executives, managers, investment professionals, human resources specialists, lawyers, insurance professionals, corporate officers, and others detect deception and get the information they need to successfully conduct their most important interactions/transactions and build trust.

As a speaker, Meyer’s high-energy keynote talks and interactive workshops are as entertaining as they are useful, incorporating timely video and examples from the day’s headlines. She provides her audience with detailed scientific findings on which personality types lie, how deception is expressed in e-mail, on the phone, and in person, and how to detect deception through body language. She also teaches statement analysis, interviewing techniques, and interrogation and negotiation strategy, using rich, entertaining real-life examples. She is known for keeping her audience laughing while they learn, and she presents a path toward trust that emphasizes integrity, maturity and honesty.

Meyer’s work and her BASIC method for detecting deception have been featured in Business Week, The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The New York Post, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Huffington Post, ABC News, Portfolio, Fox Radio, Cosmopolitan, and numerous syndicated radio and television programs.

Meyer is the founder and CEO of Calibrate in Washington, D.C., which helps businesses root out lying, cut down on fraud and detect inside threats. She and her team work closely with business executives to offer a blend of hard skills training, business savvy and strategic insight.

Prior to her current roles, Meyer was, for more than 20 years, an executive in the media business, starting several successful ventures and working as well as a senior executive at National Geographic, Vestron and Electronic Arts.

Meyer holds an MBA from Harvard, a master’s degree in public policy from Claremont Graduate School and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. She is a frequent commentator on the future of deception and has been featured on all of the major news networks, Dr Phil, Harvard Business Review, and NPR.

Pamela Meyer is available for paid speaking engagements including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, conference talks, and advisory/consulting services through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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How To Spot A Liar: Get To The Truth and Build Trust That Lasts

In this fascinating talk, rich with choice clips of well-known public figures, Pamela Meyer unveils the secret science of lie detection and interrogation that has never before been brought to the business world. Government officials, border control agents, police interrogators and social scientists have been studying and practicing lie detection and deceptive behavior detection for years. Meyer takes her audiences through a thorough training session that will show them what’s hiding in plain sight in every business meeting, job interview and negotiation.

Attendees will leave the room equipped to:

  • Read facial micro-expressions to determine subtle signs of deceptive behavior and underlying emotion
  • Gain the upper hand in business negotiations by learning specific behaviors liars exhibit while in a negotiation, interview or meeting
  • Master the five-step BASIC method for spotting lies told in nearly every high-stakes business negotiation and interview
  • Ask the 10 questions that will get people to tell you anything
  • Recognize dozens of postures and facial expressions that should instantly put you on alert for deception
  • Distinguish the tell-tale phrases and verbal responses that separate truthful stories from deceitful ones
  • Maintain meaningful rapport even during the most difficult conversations
  • Conduct mock interrogations and master interviewing strategies that surface the truth
  • Build a circle of trusted advisors and associates who offer deep, substantial support that lasts

Studies show we are lied to between 20-200 times each day, while trust in private and public institutions is at an all-time low. Leaders are lied to most often in high stakes situations. Participants will acquire a new set of skills that allow them to quickly and accurately assess deceptive and potentially costly encounters.

Three Truths About Lying and The Future Of Trust

If you want to motivate coworkers to act with integrity, if you want to build a sustainable trusting relationship with customers, if you want to transform your corporate culture, you won’t succeed with happiness science. You won’t succeed with deep market research. You won’t succeed with all-day offsites and group rock climbing exercises. Instead, you need to take the radical path to trust, which starts with fully understanding the mechanics of deception and the new role that inside threats, deep fakes, AI and generational differences have in how we trust and how we are deceived.

In this fast-paced, mind-bending presentation, Pamela Meyer teaches her audience how to detect deception, get to the truth, and navigate a world where authenticity is ever more elusive and hard to detect.

Participants will learn:

  • Which personality types lie and how they lie differently
  • How deception is expressed in email, on the phone and face to face
  • How lies can be detected through body language, statement analysis, interviewing techniques, and interrogation
  • How to develop instant rapport with the most difficult of customers and coworkers
  • How to find friends, companies and products we have deeper connections to
  • How facial recognition, AI and machine learning are transforming the future of trust
  • How to cut through the clutter of fake news, fake video and 24×7 PR and signal directly to customers and friends that you are trustworthy
  • How to create a culture of integrity and respect in a world where computers can predict our emotional state, detect our lies and pose as our friends

Fabrication Nation: 10 Big Lies That Are Destroying Our Civilization and How Take Back the Truth

What if we learned to navigate fakery and deception and find our way to the truth? What if, by doing that, we found friends with whom we had deep connection, worked for companies and organizations that had integrity and inspired us every day, and associated with people and institutions we trusted? Understanding how deception infiltrates our world will not make us more paranoid and distrustful, but less so. In this penetrating and hilarious rapid-fire presentation, Pamela Meyer makes us look hard at our own cultural bind spots and teaches us learn to spot falsehood where it lives: fake science, fake religion, fake news, fake universities, fake vacation home rentals, fake dates.

 

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