Elly Johnson - The Art of truth
Bringing experience and insight gained over decades, from boots-on-the-ground cop to consultant to our highest national security agencies, Elly is uniquely versed in the subtle art of navigating truth (and deception) in human psychology and behaviour.
TRUTH has a profound impact on self, relationships and culture, from the boardroom to the bedroom and every room in between. An accomplished keynote speaker, coach and facilitator, Elly explores and unpacks the complexities of choosing, seeking and uncovering truth. Through her Truth-Deception spectrum® and Truth Circles® framework, she empowers and equips individuals and organisations with tools to influence towards truth when it matters most.
Understanding how truth and deception are woven into the fabric of our daily lives empowers us to make better choices, resulting in more trusting and robust relationships, more harmonious and productive workplaces, and heightened personal and professional success.
MY PERSONAL JOURNEY TO MORE truth
The suspect sat there calmly watching my fellow Constable partner and I search our brain for our newly gained knowledge in an effort to extract an admission of theft. At the back of the department store, at the age of 22, I realised that my shiny new Police badge and crisp pressed blue uniform wasn’t helping me much to uncover an admission from the suspected shoplifter.
The suspect told me he didn’t steal the jacket. I was sure he did. I wanted truth and all I got was calmness, a look of contempt and more lies. I remember realising at that moment that they had taught us much in the Police Academy about ‘what’ we needed to obtain in an interview (points of proof), but both my partner and I were lacking in sufficient skills when it came to the ‘how’.
I asked myself 3 questions:
- ’How do I get the truth from someone who doesn’t want to share it?’
- ’Why would this suspect tell me something that is against his own interest?’ and
- ’What should I be looking or listening for that will help me spot a lie or know the truth?’
It was right then that I became interested in truth, lies and interviewing skills. It made sense that many years later, after leaving the Police Force and then working in senior corporate roles, that I started a business that was all about truth, lies and human behaviour.
THE BUSINESS OF TRUTH
The co-founder of my business, initially called Behavioural Training Group, was an ex-cop too. He was also a polygraph expert, so our combined skills, experience and interest in human behaviour kicked off a great business that has now been operating since 2001.
I work with clients, who have responsibility for national security and safety, who want to hone their skills in spotting deception in high-stake interviews and interactions. I coach and train business people who need to build better and more truthful connections to win a deal, close a sale, influence others or build stronger professional connections. I also work with individuals and couples who want to bring more truth into their personal life, whether that be with their partner, potential partner or family members.
I trained internationally to further develop skills in evaluating truthfulness and credibility whilst exploring topics such as emotion, facial expressions, motivations for behaviour and body language. I deliver high-impact programs that include Perceptive Interviewing® and Truth Circles™ and am a licensed trainer in the internationally accredited Evaluating Truthfulness and Credibility and Emotional Skills and Competencies, approved by the Paul Ekman Group.
At the core of my work, whether speaking, coaching or training, sits the 5 TRUTH CIRCLES™. Everything you might want to know about truth and how to get and give more of it can be found in a deep dive of the 5 circles.
A conversation about The ART of TRUTH and how to Harness the Power of Truth is a great starting point on a path to more open, honest, trusted and transparent relationships – from the boardroom to the bedroom and every room in between!
I look forward to helping you on your journey to more truth in your life when and where it matters most
what people are saying about elly johnson
“Become a truth-attractor before a lie spotter, and you will have less lies to spot.”