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Deception Detection Training is a 6 hours course held at the company. See the program to the right. Several video examples from real world interviews showing the theory in practice will be shown in each lesson. The participants can ask Mikkel Severin questions throughout the course. Deception Detection Training is also offered as a 45 min. lecture.

Each participant receives Mikkel Severins unique book Deception Detection Training Manual, which the course is build around. You can read an excerpt of Deception Detection Training Manual by clicking here.

Part 1 - Lies, interview strategy and behaviour

  • When can you expect to detect a lie?
  • 3 reasons why people do not detect deceit
  • Stimulus/Response-method
  • Good and bad questions to receal deceit
  • Strategies for interaction
  • Classical interviewer-mistakes
  • Video examples

Part 2 - Verbal indicators of a lie - Statement Analysis

  • Analysis of 18 lie-indicators based on how a person formulates his answers/questions
  • Video examples and cases

Part 3 - Verbal indicators of a lie - Para linguistic behaviour

  • Analysis of lie-indicators through a persons use of tonality, volume, speed and pauses
  • Video examples and cases

Part 4 - Non-verbal indicators of a lie - Body language

  • Analysis of lie indicators based on changes in a persons body language
  • Video example and cases

Part 5 - Non-verbal indicators of a lie - Micro Expressions

  • Analysis of lie indicators based on observation of the 7 universal micro expressions (facial muscle contraction)
  • Video examples and cases

Part 6 - Using the method in practice

  • Structured interview-method
  • Analysis of the 5 phases
  • Tips to how people will prefer to tell the truth instead of lying


Are you being told the truth, or are people hiding information from you?

Mikkel Severin's Deception Detection Training is targeted companies and individuals who want to detect lies and deceit in order to validate information received during a conversation, an interview, or in any other normal interaction.

The application of Deception Detection Training is universal. The techniques can for example be used in negotiations, advising clients, reading buy and sell signals of customers or in any other way to read people to determine if you can trust what is being said, determine the persons true feeling and ultimately whether they are lying or being deceitfull towards you.

The course highlights the important fact that there no universal indicator of lie exist, but only verbal- and non-verbal "hot spots". Observation of many hotspots is at best a sign of poor communication from the sender's side, since there is incongruence between what the person says and how inter alia the person's voice, face and body responds. In worst case - and far more likely - it is a sign that you are not being told the truth.

The purpose of the course is that the participants will get the tools to be able to identify "hot spots" with your customers / clients / counterparties / business partners / employees, etc. during a conversation, an interview, or in any other situation. Observation of "hotspots" will allow participants to provide accurate in-depth questions about the topic that creates discomfort for the sender.


Can I reveal every lie after attending the course?

No. You will learn to identify "hotspots".  The more "hotspots" you observe, the more you can validate your conclusion. There exists no method which can every lie.

How does it help me to find the truth, when I can identify "hotspots"?

When you can identify "hotspots", then you can make accurate, detailed and precise questions using stimuli-response method. The stimuli-response method will guide you to the questions that are relevant. You thus increasing the chances of finding the truth.

How good are people generally to detect lies?

Studies since 1986 have demonstrated that people are generally no better than chance (50/50) to detect a lie (Ekman & O'Sullivan 1991, 913-920; Granhag & Ström Wall in 2004, 169; Mann & Vrij 2004).

Do I need to conduct "formal" interviews to benefit from the course?

No, not at all. The tools from Deception Detection Training can be used in any interaction you may have, whether it's at work or private. They are universal in application.


You are always welcome to contact Mikkel Severin to discuss your needs.


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