Elly Johnson

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 international keynote speaker, coach and facilitator, Elly explores and unpacks the complexities of choosing, seeking and uncovering truth.

Elly equips individuals, teams 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.

“I help people get a better result when truth, congruence and authenticity are important”


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 crisply 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:

  1. ’How do I get the truth from someone who doesn’t want to share it?’
  2. ’Why would this suspect tell me something that is against his own interest?’ and
  3. ’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 co-founded a business that was all about human behaviour, and creating stronger relationships – viewed through the lens of truth and authenticity.


“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 a cross section of clients, some who have responsibility for national security and safety. For them it is critical to hone their skills in spotting deception in high-stake interviews and interactions.

I coach and train professionals who seek 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 create stronger relationships and invite more truth and congruence into their life, whether that be with a partner, a 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.

A conversation about 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 bring more truth and congruence in your life when and where it matters most” ELLY

what people are saying about elly johnson

OMG you are bloody amazing !!!! Thank you so much Elly. I did it I did it, I smashed through the truth dilemma and the conversation went really well. He really appreciated me bringing this up again and putting it to bed for good.You are so right, he thinks I am great again and it was a relief to be able to be completely honest with him.
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Assistant Director, Australian Government
I have enjoyed a long and productive professional relationship with Elly Johnson through her provision of training for Perceptive Interviewing and Evaluating Truth and Credibility courses. I have personally completed three courses with Elly over the past eight years and send all my personnel security vetting officers to complete at least one and usually two of these. The courses Elly delivers are comprehensive and well-resourced but it is the particular flavour she lends that makes them really special. Elly is a gifted presenter who uses her intellect, experience and sense of humour to engage her students to great effect. I have no hesitation in recommending Elly and her courses.
Marie Baker JP
Executive Director - Operations, Key Vetting Services Australia
I have invited Elly to present to the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigator (IAFCI) on two occasions and have been highly impressed and entertained by her keynote presentations. She has a broad and adaptable knowledge on human behaviour with a focus on getting more truth and spotting signs of lies and deception. I find Elly to be very passionate and energetic with a style that engages all participants and delegates in the room.
Con Nikolaou
Head of Cyber Protection. Teachers Mutual Bank

“Become a truth-attractor before a lie spotter, and you will have less lies to spot.”