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Detecting Lies, Fraud and Identity Theft in a Social Distancing and Remote Work World

Now You See Me….Now You Don’t.  We all said it as kids.  And it couldn’t be more true now in our new work at home, social distancing world.

There’s lots of uncertainty and things are changing every day.  I do know one thing for sure.  When the economy turns down, fraud goes up.  Now is the time to protect yourself, know who you can trust and what those you don’t are up to.

And it’s even harder now than ever.  Why?  Because many people are working from home, with primarily phone and email to connect with their team, vendors and customers.

It turns out that tone and words can be bigger indicators of deception than body language.  The rub is that you have to pay close attention to very fine details in these aspects of communication to get the info you need.  Body language is easier but hey, it’s a new world and the time is now to step up.

I did some analysis on an interview a few weeks ago for Fox 31 in Denver.  The stepmom of a little boy, Gannon Stauch, was interviewed about his disappearance.  She wouldn’t face the camera and wore sunglasses the whole time. The producers said my analysis would air upon her arrest, and it did 2 weeks after I went in to the studio.

It was lots harder to read her and find the deception when I couldn’t see her face.   There’s lots to learn here for people that are now working remotely.  When you tune in you’ll be able to do it.   Here’s the segment:

TIME Magazine has named Traci Brown one of the country’s Top Deception Detection Experts. And She’s currently ranked the #9 Body Language Expert in the World by GlobalGurus.com. During these times we are going through it is even more important to detect lies and fraud that come into our home. Traci shares simple ways to protect yourself while we are all social distancing and working and living from home! Traci is available for your virtual and futures events. Book Traci today: https://bit.ly/33WGoDL

When It Comes to Body Language, Feet are Like an Emotional Compass

feetpicBelieve it or not, our emotions and intentions can be revealed through the position and action of our feet. Feet are like an emotional compass, in that our emotions dictate the direction are feet take. Our feet naturally turn towards the person with whom we are talking when we are enjoying the conversation. This magnetic pull of our feet sends the message that we are interested in the person with whom we’re interacting.

To figure out how someone is feeling, we tend to examine facial expressions and tone of voice. People can be skilled in “keeping a straight face” when they don’t want us to know how they really feel. However, feet seem to have a mind of their own and can betray our feelings. In a conversation with your neighbor, for example, you notice that he’s smiling and his body is facing you. Uh-oh, his feet, however, are pointing away from you in a different direction. Even though his feet indicate he’s losing interest in the conversation or in you, you don’t know the reason for the waning interest. Perhaps he is late for work. Or, he has to run errands. Or, he’s just bored. Or, you’ve irritated him in some way.

In the picture above, which person clearly indicates that he or she wants to bolt? You’re right, the woman with the black ankle boots wants to relocate to a different geographical region. There are other interesting foot positions in the picture that indicate a desire to bolt as well. The woman wearing the gray pants has a shifty foot stance with some of her weight on her left foot. Her “runner’s stance” sends the message it’s time for her to go. The woman in the black high heels is in the “Mary Poppins” stance with heels together and toes pointed outwards in opposite directions. The Mary Poppins stance conveys a confusing and yet urgent message of “take me anywhere pronto.”

So the next time you want to get an emotional read on someone’s body language, start by looking at their feet. You never know what they might tell you.

Blanca-Cobb-body-language-expert-headshotBlanca Cobb, CEO of TruthBlazer, is a nationally recognized body language and lie detection expert who uses her behavior analysis expertise and psychology background to get to the truth. She is also a Senior Instructor at the Body Language Institute in Washington, DC. Blanca is an ‘in-demand’ media guest, speaker and coach who breaks down the complexities of human behavior to help people succeed in life. She’s been featured on HLN’s Dr. Drew On-Call, Good Morning America, CNN, USA Today, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC affiliates as well as quoted in the New York Daily News,The Root, and Cosmopolitan magazines. Since deception can infiltrate all aspects of life, no topic is off-limits for Blanca. To invite Blanca to your 2014 event, contact Sue Falcone at sue@simplysuespeaks.com or call 1-888-766-3155.