Course Topics

Deception and Lie Detection for HR and Corporate Personnel

Course Overview:

Even in today's sophisticated business environment, we continue to make decisions based largely on instinct or 'gut reaction' or on information that is incomplete, partial or outright deceptive.

Decisions in areas that can have significant and far reaching consequences: including recruitment, competence, organisational structure, negotiations, investigations and disciplinary procedures.

Understanding peoples' unspoken signals and being able to detect the signs of deception with greater accuracy and confidence can greatly reduce the risk of making the wrong decision and help ensure you select the right candidate, make the right deal or reach the right conclusion.

This focused workshop will help you understand and make effective use of body language, facial cues, emotional leakage and language to detect deception and gain greater clarity in interviews and face to face interactions.

Who will benefit from attending this Training?

HR Professionals, Military, Law Enforcement, Legal, Interviewers and Recruitment Selection Panels

Course Outline:

For more information or a full course outline email us at with your requirements.

Course Content:
  • What is deception?
  • Using behavioural cues and emotion displays to detect deception
  • Basic emotions; how to detect them
  • Micro expressions and how are they relevant
  • The primary concepts of non-verbal communication, vocalics and lie-detection theory
  • Lie detection and lies in interpersonal communication
  • Motivations for lying
  • Incongruence in the body while speaking or listening
  • Deception detection theories
  • Assumptions of deception detection and the use of lie detecting apparatus
  • Autonomic Emotional Arousal
  • Leakage of emotion: what is it and how is it displayed
  • When displays of emotion do and do not indicate deceptive intent
  • Utilising these theories of emotion expression and deception
  • Emotion and the brain
  • The  primary emotions
  • Types of liars
  • Behavioural expectations of honesty
  • Behavioural signs of dishonesty
  • Concealing leakage and the factors affecting leakage
  • Machiavellianism personality type
  • How to assess for deception: establishing a baseline
  • Problems in detection
  • Non-verbal communication: Proxemics, Kinesics, Paralanguage
  • Use of time and decoding the nonverbal cues
  • Signs of distress
  • The most common mask of emotions
  • Dialects of the body
Key Benefits
By the end of this course you will be able to:
  • Review the basic concepts of communication and lie-detection, and how they apply in practise
  • Examine the various types of micro expression and body language and what they tell us
  • Recognise the behavioural cues and emotional displays that indicate deception
  • Know the different types of liar and how to identify them
  • Identify and deal with masking and evasion
  • Understand and apply the rules of lie detection: avoid bias and common errors and pitfalls
  • Enhance your listening, questioning and wider communication skills
  • Contribute more to and gain more from discussions, no matter who you are talking to
  • Move beyond guesswork: make your decisions more reasoned, consistent. . and right!
Training Methodology:

The training process is based on a carefully planned mix of succinct tutor input - with practical illustration of tools and concepts, group work on case studies (all video based - and lively), feedback, and selective work on individual issues in pairs. Team involvement and working enable a strategy to be created from start to finish.  The Training is based on the 4 mat systems to enable complete learning. There will also be some opportunity for role play. You will receive an electronic toolkit within the material for subsequent everyday use.

Let Synergy come to you !

Did you know Synergy can come to you and deliver this workshop ‘In Company’ at your own venue or location. If you have three or more people who you would like to benefit from attending this workshop our trainer can travel to you and deliver the same specification of course for your staff at a fraction of the overall cost.

If you’d like to know more about this option email us at  – our operations team manages all of our ‘In Company’ events and we can talk you though the logistics, pricing and whether you’d like the workshop as advertised here or something tailor made just for your business.

We have several packages on offer so contact us today.

What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a personal commitment to keeping your professional knowledge up to date, improving your capabilities, proving commitment and competency in your profession. It focuses on what you learn and how you progress throughout your career, helping you gain more credibility within your industry, with your employer, clients and gain competitive edge over your peers.

Being actively committed to CPD may in the future:
  • Improve your Resume
  • Maintain professional recognition
  • Showcase your achievements, attributes and your brand
  • Accelerate your career prospects
  • Deliver job satisfaction: ensuring you are Career focused
  • Reassure your Employers and Stakeholders that you are upto date and competent
How do I gain CPD recognition:

By attending Synergy Courses you can be assured that attendance, completion and certification will be rewarded by CPD points. To help advance your professional status CPD recognition is awarded on both public workshops and in-house courses, being dependent on the number of hours spent learning. On request Synergy Training Group will provide a certificate of attendance for you to use as evidence and to attach to your record card.

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