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Thought and Gesture: Part 3

In the first two parts of this series on thoughts and gestures in interviewing, we looked at gestures that occur in combination with spoken words. These gestures are also sometimes called illustrators as they help the speaker add meaning and context to the words spoken. There are other physical movements people make that are not done to support the actual spoken language. In part 3 we discuss pantomimes, emblems, and adaptors.

Thought and Gesture: Part 2

We discussed some of the geographic differences when using gestures in other cultures in our last column. We also touched on the differences between...

Thought and Gesture: Part 1

"Where the heck is that file? I know I just had it." "It's right over there." I said pointing at the file. Then I noticed my...

Speak as Well as You Think: Business Communication Strategies

What we say, how we say it, and what we’re doing when we say it combine to create great messages—or messages that are forgotten...
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Making Judgments Only on Behavioral Cues Or Actions

Professional LP practitioners never profile appearance; we use evidence-informed observation to detect a possible crime in progress.

Suspects Threaten Officer with COVID-19 Infection During Shoplifting Arrest

Three women from were arrested in connection with a shoplifting at Target in the Nassau Park Shopping Center on July 8. In addition, two...

Managing Disruptive Behaviors in Retail in Response to COVID-19

Addressing disruptive customer behavior and de-escalation training efforts have become a topic of great interest to retailers amidst growing concern over the challenges and opportunities for safety in retail stores, especially in light of our current circumstances. Here are some tips for your employees.
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The Robin Hood Dilemma of Retail

The same trusted employees who work overtime during this global pandemic to serve retail customers are becoming “social bandits” like Robin Hood.

Using Video Technology for Conducting Remote Interviews

In part one of this series, we discussed the increased need in today’s restrictive climate for investigators to conduct remote interviews. Now, we want to dive into technology that is becoming increasingly more popular for remote workers—the use of video conferencing platforms to communicate.

Liars, Lying, and Lies

The first thing we should consider when examining lying is the differing cognitive aspects of the liar and truth teller. The truthful person knows they didn’t do the crime, while the liar knows they did and must hide that information from others. There are multiple ways for interviewers to identify liars.

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