Why it’s hard to spot a liar

Most of the observable signs of lying (helping to spot a liar) are dependent on the liar feeling a negative emotional arousal and an uncomfortable sense of conflict

Why it’s hard to spot a liarA short time after The Truth About Lies in the Workplace was published, I received this email: I had just begun reading your book, and had gotten to the part about body language signs that point to someone who is lying when I was confronted with a real life situation. A parcel (that was meant…

6 reasons we suck at spotting liars

The best way of countering liars is to follow the old adage “trust, but verify”

6 reasons we suck at spotting liarsRecognizing that we are being lied to is an important social and business skill. But surprisingly small factors about someone, – where we meet them, what they wear, what their voices sound like, whether their posture mimics ours, if they mention the names of people we know or admire – can enhance their credibility to…

One day a year should be set aside for absolute honesty

I'd give anything for a national Honesty Day, where we can tell the unvarnished truth without worrying about the repercussions

One day a year should be set aside for absolute honestyInstead of Labour Day, we could try a different holiday. I think there should be one day of the year designated as Honesty Day where we are allowed to say whatever we want to whomever we want and have it be the absolute unvarnished truth about how we feel. But here’s the kicker. It would…

The truth about lies in the workplace

Everyone lies – it's part of human nature. And nothing can weaken a network or destroy a reputation faster than being exposed as a liar. So minimize your lies

Wouldn’t it be convenient if the workforce were divided neatly into “us” versus “them?” We, of course, would be the good guys who were always upfront and truthful. They would be the rotten apples whose destructive lies betray the confidence placed in them and ruin everything for the rest of us. If that scenario were…

There is little that is new about fake news

Once upon a time, a news story wasn't news until a legitimate news outlet carried it. Now, if it’s on somebody’s Twitter feed it’s a news story

There is little that is new about fake newsPORTLAND, Ore. Feb. 9, 2017/ Troy Media/ – The U.S. news media tells us the world is awash in fake news. Democrats blame it for the defeat of their candidate, Hillary Clinton, in the U.S. presidential elections. President Donald Trump rails against “fake news” from the “dishonest media,” singling out CNN. Facebook and Google, both…

Teaching through the lies of America’s pyrite president

To prepare students for the post-truth era of relativism and Donald Trump, teach them how to smell the truth

Teaching through the lies of America’s pyrite presidentTORONTO, Ont. Jan. 25, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Never believe a person who needs to say when he’s being honest. Like when a young Juliet says to her Romeo, “I’m not going to lie, baby, but I forgot about our date.” It’s true she forgot their date. She’s not lying about that fact. But she’s probably lying…

A candid and honest politician. Is that too much to ask?

Trudeau continues to struggle with his facts, telling one part of the country one thing and another part something quite different

A candid and honest politician. Is that too much to ask?CALGARY, Alta. Jan. 18, 2017/ Troy Media/ - In politics, lying is in. I know. I know. You could dig into history and argue that it’s always been in. But, right now, it appears to be front and centre, thanks in large part to that guy in the country south of us whose name I’d…

Seven steps to spotting liars in action

Most workplace lies (and liars) are discovered after the fact – it's time to put an end to the cycle and end the lies before the harm is done

Seven steps to spotting liars in actionBERKELEY, Calif. Jan. 9, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Most workplace lies (and liars) are discovered after the fact – after you’ve signed the faulty contract, hired the wrong person or agreed to work on that career-limiting project. Wouldn’t it be great (as well as a professional advantage) to spot liars in action, before the harm was…

Living in the post-truth world, energy style

Post-truth nonsense about fossil fuels paints a dangerous, damaging and distorted picture of Canada's energy use and production

Living in the post-truth world, energy styleVICTORIA, B.C. Jan. 6, 2017/ Troy Media/ – One of the unfortunate legacies of 2016 is the frequency of ‘post-truth’ communications. The term describes communications where objective facts are replaced by erroneous assertions aimed at creating emotion-based beliefs. Post-truth communications reached a peak during the American presidential campaign. But Canadians have also seen an escalation of…

Why do some liars get a hall pass?

We routinely forgive or outright ignore the lies coming from politicians entrusted with our individual, collective and national well-being

Why do some liars get a hall pass?NEW YORK Aug. 28, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Ryan Lochte won’t get paid for peddling Speedos anymore but if he had played his cards right maybe he could have been president. Everyone is familiar with how the U.S. swimmer lied about being robbed at gunpoint on the streets of Rio after a drunken night out…