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Lawyers learn to spot liars with Opus Performance

Last week at the Lakeside Conference Centre, Aston University Birmingham, Dr Mike Drayton of Opus Performance trained 60 members of Birmingham City Council’s legal team on “How to spot a Liar: The behavioural science of detecting lies and deceit.

 
 
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PRLog - Dec. 20, 2011 - During an engaging and interactive presentation, the Birmingham lawyers learnt many tips and tactics to help them identify when someone is not telling the truth.  Mike explained that many common myths about how to spot liars are in fact misleading.  For example it is commonly thought that people who lie won’t look you in the eye.  The opposite is in fact true:  Because liars know that this is thought to be the case, liars tend to look you in the eye for a little too long for comfort – because they are making a special point of doing so.

“Businesses lose millions of pounds a year because of fraud, lying and deception.  Getting some training in the art of lie spotting will lead to massive savings in the long run,” says Mike Drayton.

“I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”

President Clinton’s statement (above) is one of the most well known lies of recent times.  Mike Drayton was able to spot it a mile off.  “Liars tend to use rather formal, non-contracted words such as ‘did not’ rather than ‘didn’t’.  They also tend not to use people’s names.  If President Clinton was an honest president he would have said ‘I didn’t have sex with Monica Lewinski’”, continues Dr Drayton.

Birmingham City Council Legal Department are now well versed in the art of spotting liars.  One participant said how “useful, interesting and enjoyable” the training session was.   The aim of the training is to help organisations save money by identifying fraud, lying and deception but it is quite often useful in everyday life too.


You can find out more about Mike Drayton and Opus Performance on the Opus Performance website at www.opusperformance.com.  There is a link to Mike’s blog there which contains more hints and tips about how to spot a liar.  If you want to know even more, look out for Mike’s book on spotting lies which will be published Autumn 2012.
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Dr Mike Drayton would be delighted to participate in interviews or write an article specifically aimed at helping your readers to identify liars or to help them more generally by improving the effectiveness of leaders and teams within their organisations.

Opus Consulting was founded in 2003 by Dr Mike Drayton.  Dr Drayton is a business consultant as well as a consultant psychologist.  Mike has consulted for organisations as diverse as law firms, fire and rescue services and luxury cruise lines. Mike is also an accredited Expert Witness. Before Mike founded Opus Performance, he worked as a senior clinician and manager in the NHS. He is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Birmingham.


For further information please contact:
Dr Mike Drayton
Opus Performance
PO Box 15159
Birmingham
B30 9DR
United Kingdom
Offices in Birmingham and London
UK Tel:  0845 658 6369

Email   Mikedrayton@mac.com
Web   www.opusperformance.com


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pus Consulting was founded in 2003 by Dr Mike Drayton. Dr Drayton is a business consultant as well as a consultant psychologist. Mike has consulted for organisations as diverse as law firms, fire and rescue services and luxury cruise lines. Mike is also an accredited Expert Witness. Before Mike founded Opus Performance, he worked as a senior clinician and manager in the NHS. He is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Birmingham.

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