Pamela Meyer

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Leading Expert on Trust in a Post-truth World; Nation’s Leading Expert on Spotting Lies, Inside Threats and the Science of Deception; Top 20 TED Speaker, “How to Spot a Liar”; Best-selling Author, “Liespotting”; CEO, Calibrate

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With the proliferation of misinformation, scandals and fake news – amplified by disruptions in technology – we’ve become more aware than ever of the value of truth and trust, in both business and society. And that can be a good thing, says Pamela Meyer, a leading trust expert and authority on the science of deception.

Trust is scarce: less than 50 percent of us trust mainstream institutions, private enterprises, government, media and NGOs to do what’s right. But trust is not only a key factor in product purchases or employment/partnership/teaming opportunities, it’s increasingly the deciding factor. Deceptive communications and practices can cost billions and silently put institutions at risk. Meyer has years of experience training c-suite executives, managers and field-based operators to excel in recognizing deception and in obtaining highly sought-after information when critical decisions must be made. Today, Meyer’s mission is not only to help people spot lies and seek the truth. She’s working to help businesses build trust in a post-truth world.

Building and sustaining trust is a bigger challenge than most of us realize, and one that has serious implications across generations, gender and markets, says Meyer. Her viral TED Talk, “How to Spot a Liar” — with more than 28 million views and translated into more than 40 languages – is  among the top 20 most-watched talks of all time —an impressive testament to the relevance and timeliness of her work. Meyer believes we’re at an inflection point in a global deception epidemic: studies show we encounter up to 200 lies every day. Businesses lose an estimated seven percent of annual revenue to fraud each year. Meyer, who underwent years of immersion training in lie detection and fact-finding techniques, provides C-level leaders and managers with the proven methods and practical tools to improve their interviewing, negotiation, selling and team-building skills. This includes permission to be skeptical and the ability to leverage disruptive technology, including artificial intelligence, for good.

Meyer, author of the bestselling book, “Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception” (St. Martin’s Press, 2010), brings years of knowledge – previously found only in the intelligence community, police training academies and universities – to the business imperative to uncover truth and build trust. She combines her 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 diverse audiences successfully conduct their most important interactions/transactions with colleagues, vendors, customers, friends, family and others.

As a speaker, Meyer’s high-energy keynote talks and interactive workshops are as entertaining as they are useful, incorporating timely, edgy 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 email, 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, real-life examples. Known for keeping her audience laughing while they learn, Meyer 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 BusinessWeek, 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, reduce fraud and detect inside threats. Prior to her current roles, Meyer was an executive in the media business for more than 20 years, starting several successful ventures and working as a senior executive at National Geographic, Vestron and Electronic Arts.

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

With the proliferation of misinformation, scandals and fake news – amplified by disruptions in technology – we’ve become more aware than ever of the value of truth and trust, in both business and society. And that can be a good thing, says Pamela Meyer, a leading trust expert and authority on the science of deception.

Trust is scarce: less than 50 percent of us trust mainstream institutions, private enterprises, government, media and NGOs to do what’s right. But trust is not only a key factor in product purchases or employment/partnership/teaming opportunities, it’s increasingly the deciding factor. Deceptive communications and practices can cost billions and silently put institutions at risk. Meyer has years of experience training c-suite executives, managers and field-based operators to excel in recognizing deception and in obtaining highly sought-after information when critical decisions must be made. Today, Meyer’s mission is not only to help people spot lies and seek the truth. She’s working to help businesses build trust in a post-truth world.

Building and sustaining trust is a bigger challenge than most of us realize, and one that has serious implications across generations, gender and markets, says Meyer. Her viral TED Talk, “How to Spot a Liar” — with more than 28 million views and translated into more than 40 languages – is  among the top 20 most-watched talks of all time —an impressive testament to the relevance and timeliness of her work. Meyer believes we’re at an inflection point in a global deception epidemic: studies show we encounter up to 200 lies every day. Businesses lose an estimated seven percent of annual revenue to fraud each year. Meyer, who underwent years of immersion training in lie detection and fact-finding techniques, provides C-level leaders and managers with the proven methods and practical tools to improve their interviewing, negotiation, selling and team-building skills. This includes permission to be skeptical and the ability to leverage disruptive technology, including artificial intelligence, for good.

Meyer, author of the bestselling book, “Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception” (St. Martin’s Press, 2010), brings years of knowledge – previously found only in the intelligence community, police training academies and universities – to the business imperative to uncover truth and build trust. She combines her 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 diverse audiences successfully conduct their most important interactions/transactions with colleagues, vendors, customers, friends, family and others.

As a speaker, Meyer’s high-energy keynote talks and interactive workshops are as entertaining as they are useful, incorporating timely, edgy 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 email, 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, real-life examples. Known for keeping her audience laughing while they learn, Meyer 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 BusinessWeek, 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, reduce fraud and detect inside threats. Prior to her current roles, Meyer was an executive in the media business for more than 20 years, starting several successful ventures and working as a senior executive at National Geographic, Vestron and Electronic Arts.

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

Speech Topics

The Trust Factor: Why Truth is Core to Creating Higher Performing Teams and Businesses

Motivating coworkers and employees to act with integrity, building loyal relationships with customers and infusing corporate culture with authenticity are all acts that are integral to our success as leaders and as organizations. But you won’t get far with happiness science, deep market research or all-day offsites and team-building exercises, argues Pamela Meyer. Rather, you need to take a more radical path to trust. In this provocative and captivating presentation, she discusses the impact of today’s deception epidemic on business and reveals the mechanics of deception, including how it’s expressed differently through email, phone and face-to-face and how various techniques, from body language to technology, can be used to detect deceit and get to the truth. In a world where authenticity is ever-more important and elusive, Meyer helps her audiences create a culture of integrity, respect and trust.

How Technology is Transforming the Future of Trust and Relationships

We’re working and living in a world where technology can predict and prey on our emotional state, spread fake news and pose as our friends. Tech, including AI, facial recognition and machine learning, will dramatically transform the nature of trust, the way we relate to each other and our sensibility for what is real. Pamela Meyer provides a fascinating bird’s eye view of the future of trust, and relationships – and shows how technology can also be used for good – for helping to detect deceit but also finding truth and building trust. In this presentation, Meyer talks about the how technology is transforming the future of trust. She teaches how to use it to cut through the clutter of what’s fake and signal to customers and friends that you’re worthy of their trust.

 

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