Pamela Meyer How To Spot A Liar Summary

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14. Pamela Meyer: “How to spot a liar” Pamela Meyer is an American author, certified fraud examiner, and entrepreneur. Described by Reader's Digest as "the nation's best known expert on lying," Meyer is the author of the 2010 book Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception. The talk was presents at the TEDGlobal in July 2011. As for August 29, 2017 total number of views of this video is 16,694,490. Pamela is an American national and English is her native language. Her pronunciation is clear and easy to understand. Total length of the video is 18 minutes 50 second, while total length of speaking time without pauses is 16 minutes 40 seconds. Total time on pauses is 134 seconds or 13.5% of the whole speech (87 seconds spent to show the…show more content…
The presentation is memorized and well rehearsed with no clear improvisation. In her presentation Pamela Meyer claims that on any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to identify those lie can be inconspicuous and unreasonable. She demonstrates the conduct and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception - and she argues honesty is a value worth saving. The macrostructure of this talk consists of Introduction, Body and Conclusion. The length of Introduction is 300 words (10.3%). Meyer chooses to make a shocking statement (with a bit of humor mixed in). She states that a person who sits to the listener’s right and to the left is a liar. And the person sitting in their very seat is a liar too - we are all liars. The length of Body is 2411 words (81.8%). Immediately after the introduction Meyer sets the structure for the talk. She demonstrates what the research says in regards to why we're all liars, how one can turn into a liespotter, and why one might need to go the extra mile and go from liespotting to truth chasing, and at last to trust building. Meyer lets the audience know what to expect. She breaks down the presentation into…show more content…
In her talk, Pamela Meyer lists examples of everyday lying statements we would make to each other such as “you don’t look fat in that” and “I just fished that email from my spam folder”. Meyer uses many comparison and contrast between cases to prove that all lies can be spotted. For example, she shows the reactions of two mothers after their children died. In these clips, she points out that even if the two mother’s words are equally devastating and sad, the unserious tone and calm demeanor of the mother who killed her kids gives away the fact that she was lying. Pamela uses Repetitions in her talk: when talking about people who spoke the truth, she starts six consecutive sentences with “they are”. This clear use of repetition helps her convey her point that every honest person is going to act the same in such a situation and thus provide very clear cues for liespotters to notice. Meyer alternates from a casual and almost childish tone to a serious tone throughout her talk. She does this to highlight the difference between the portrayal of liespotters in popular culture and actual trained
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