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Evaluating Truthfulness and Credibility (ETAC) Training Course

Detect lies, uncover the truth and make better decisions.

Learn how to evaluate the truthfulness and credibility of statements with this training course from Irvine Nugent. Featuring real-world examples and practical exercises, this course will teach you how to spot lies and make better decisions. The course is designed for both personal and professional development.

What you'll learn

This course will teach you how to read and evaluate others through their verbal and nonverbal behaviors and use this skill to accurately evaluate their credibility or uncover any deception.

During this program you will go far beyond just analyzing the words, you will learn how to read and interpret all 5 core channels of communication and how these can be used to expose the true thoughts of others.

  • The 5 core channels of communication are:

  • Facial expressions,

  • Body language,

  • The voice (pitch, tone, and volume)

  • Verbal style (the way a person talks)

  • Verbal content (the words a person uses)

As well as the unique, five channel approach to training you will also learn about memory, and how you can work out whether a statement of an event is remembered or being constructed through scientific content analysis. Learn how to become a better communicator and how to better understand the people around you. Improve your workplace performance and communication today!

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  • Identify Hidden Messages and Deception in Others

  • Enhance your Ability to Analyze Verbal and Nonverbal Behavioral Cues

  • Develop Robust Questioning Strategies to Elicit Valuable Information from Others

In most interactions, individuals put too much emphasis on the spoken words. This approach results in a significant loss of information and is ineffective in assessing the credibility of others.

The Evaluating Truthfulness and Credibility course covers the psychological models behind truth and lies, plus the skills required to identify ‘Hotspots’ (instances when the strain between what we are thinking and what we are feeling produce observable/audible leakage across the five channels).

The course is designed to help you to read and evaluate the degree of truthfulness and credibility in what others are communicating to you.

In-Person Program Outline

  • 3 Day Live Virtual Course (10am US EST – 4pm US EST).

  • Free subscription to Paul Ekman Micro Expression and Subtle Expression online training tool.

  • Practice experiences to integrate the new material.

Who this course is for

If your role requires you to have a firm grasp of the truth, seek out deception, and obtain the full story, then Evaluating truthfulness and Credibility is the course for you.

Course Content

The courses are enriched with unique content, using videos of truth-tellers and liars from high-stake contexts such as international Embassy visa applications, scientifically validated experiments conducted by Prof Paul Ekman himself and extracts of CEOs from commercial investment contexts. Attendees of this course will also use live practice sessions to build knowledge, skills and application with high-quality feedback from the Paul Ekman Approved Trainers.

During this course you will:

  • Identify the importance of baselines and when they occur

  • Take a structured approach to the detection of leakage

  • Identify and evaluate ‘hotspots’

  • Carry out hypothesis testing

  • Identify and evaluate clues to lying and truth telling

  • Adopt active listening and observation skills

  • Utilize these skills to evaluate truthfulness and credibility

After this course you will:

  • Analyze the psychological processes that occur when people lie

  • Develop your ability to assess the credibility of others through their verbal and non-verbal behaviors

  • Practice and hone your deception detection skills using real participants and live exercises

  • Learn how to spot hidden displays of emotions through a person’s Micro facial expressions using Dr. Paul Ekman’s pioneering training technique

  • Employ an effective interviewing model that will enable you to elicit valuable information from others

Who Is Paul Ekman?

Evaluating Truthfulness and Credibility Training Course | Irvine Nugent

The TV program ‘Lie to Me’ catapulted Paul Ekman to the world stage. He served as the scientific advisor for the program and it helped popularize some of the science he has spent his career researching. Dr Paul Ekman has spent 40 years researching human emotions and deception detection. Today this pioneer’s findings are central to what we understand about emotional intelligence and credibility assessment. His extensive scientific research has him regarded as one of the most eminent psychologists of the 20th Century, and his ability to read others has earned him the reputation of ‘the best human lie detector in the world’. Some of Ekman’s recent work emerges from his close relationship with the Dalai Lama, who he has spent more than fifty hours in one-on-one conversation with. This undertaking marks Ekman’s trajectory from establishing universals in the expressions of emotion to elucidating individual differences in how emotions are experienced.

Meet Your Instructors

Irvine Nugent, Ph.D. • Behavioral Analysis Expert

Irvine possesses fifteen-plus years in senior leadership roles in various organizations. Dr. Nugent is an approved Paul Ekman International Trainer and offers a wide range of workshops in the areas of emotional intelligence, nonverbal communication, executive presence and lie detection which are based on the practical application of scientific research.


Irvine Nugent
Laura Scarfe

Laura Scarfe • Paul Ekman International Trainer

Laura Scarfe has over eleven years of experience as a corporate trainer, with a background in public and private sector procurement. Laura is an certified Paul Ekman International Trainer who delivers workshops in areas such as non-verbal behaviour, emotional intelligence, procurement and influencing globally for many multinational organisations.