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We regret to inform you that this event has unfortunately had to be cancelled. Some of the delegates who had registered interest are no longer able to attend from Melbourne and Sydney due to varying lockdowns, travel restrictions and quarantine etc around COVID and the event is no longer viable to proceed. We apologise for any inconvenience and we hope to reschedule this event for a later date.


Are you ready to peel back human behaviour and learn how to read people with more accuracy using cutting edge behavioural science, neuroscience and behavioural psychology? Recognise deception, what people are really feeling, and elicit critical information to increase business and profits.

The Science of people and lying – unique presentation and training session and the first of its kind to be offered in Perth.

Some facts about deception:

  • Without specialised training most of us are no better than chance at recognising deception.
  • Possessing advanced people reading skills is critical for communication with others and in the battle to protect yourself, your reputation, your business, your income/profits/bottom line and other assets.
  • Sometimes we are ‘willing’ participants in a lie such as innocent and harmless white lies, and these lies generally have no malintent. But what you need to be concerned with is when you are an  ‘unwilling’ participant in a lie – when deception is intentional and there are higher stakes and costs involved – such as monetary loss, brand or reputational damage, the loss of a contract or a client or an inappropriate job hire for example.

The benefits you'll get from attending this session

  • Read how colleagues, business partners, clients, customers and other stakeholders are really feeling by recognising concealed emotions, and use these skills to make more informed decisions and have the upper hand in your interactions. Your ability to build trust and rapport, get to the truth, and influence people and situations is crucial when dealing with the complex world of emotions and deceptive behaviour you’ll encounter!
  • Apply your newly acquired people reading and lie detection skills in many of your business situations such as meetings, presentations, negotiations, sales pitches, sales transactions, investment purchases, audits and interviews, to name a few.
  • Observe people and situations in a whole new light and have the skills to extract more data and information.
  • Communicate with more authority and credibility by being aware of your own emotions and what non verbal communication you are revealing to others with your face and body.
  • Learn how to more consciously disrupt yourself and the biases you carry around about people to capitalise on more opportunities.
  • You will have the ability to expand on your emotional intelligence, learn what triggers your emotions and how to better manage them, and how to choose your behaviour to build trust and credibility, motivate, persuade and communicate with more impact.

Note: The source of the various subject matter presented that relates specifically to the universal emotions, facial expressions, micro expressions and deception detection is based on the incredible scientific research, methodologies and frameworks of Dr Paul Ekman.

Learning outcomes from this half day session
Learn about the seven universal emotions we ALL express regardless of gender, age, culture, religion, background and location, the characteristics of these emotions and their role in deception.
Be able to better recognise and detect concealed emotions of others by learning how to read and respond to facial micro expressions.
Learn about the many myths around lie detection techniques and which ones you should be wary of.
Understand the different types of lies and interesting behavioural insights into what motivates us to be dishonest.
Learn how to dissect and analyse body language in order to gain the upper hand in interactions with other people such as in meetings, interviews, presentations, briefings and negotiations.
Learn how to use advanced people reading and body language skills to identify prospective clients and customers, manage and influence people more effectively, and elicit information more efficiently to reduce the length of the negotiation and sales process.
Have a greater understanding of how increasing your emotional intelligence improves your level of ability to detect deception.
Learn how harnessing neuroscience can assist with decision-making, performance and organisational/business growth.
How to increase your likeability and build rapport to build trust, do more business and achieve better results.
Who is this course for?

This Masterclass is designed for individuals who deal in the currency of people.

Those that have a need to get to the truth and reliability of information from the people they interact and do business with.

The Masterclass will benefit all C-suite executives, business leaders, entrepreneurs, managers and other busy professionals, particularly those who work in sales, finance and banking, property, accounting, human resources, law enforcement, security and intelligence, insurance, health, politics, education and the media.

Regardless of your industry, if your work and your business involves dealing with people, this course will benefit you providing you with skills and strategies you can employ immediately in your day to day life.

Event details


QT Perth hotel in the heart of the CBD in Perth, 133 Murray Street. We will be in the Lucy Mame room. She breaks the yawn-worthy mold of the standard event space with provocative art and eye-catching design. The room is far from short on intrigue so well suited to our presentation and training session.


Friday 13th August 2021

Event timings for the day

We will be running a face to face transformative training session which will comprise of bite size interactive presentations keeping you highly entertained and engaged.

SESSION TIMINGS – 9:00am – 12:30pm

Arrival of delegates, registration and welcome tea and coffee – 9:00am to 9:30am

Presentation commences 9:30am sharp

Morning tea break with tea and coffee provided  – 10:45am to 11:05am

Presentation concludes – 12:30pm


To reinforce learning delegates will be encouraged to participate in a few fun and engaging activities and exercises including video analysis of various Australian and overseas public figures, criminals and occupational fraudsters.


Your presenter and facilitator

Sharon Box is presenting this session and is the Founder and Lead Behavioural Investigator for the Mind Hush Group. She has been trained in the behavioural science methodologies of Dr Paul Ekman, renowned psychologist, researcher and the world’s foremost expert in facial expressions and deception detection.

She is passionate, committed and delighted to share her expertise and knowledge with you from her 27 years in corporate communications and will keep you entertained whilst you learn with her relaxed presentation style.

Sharon holds a Bachelor of Business Degree through Edith Cowan University and is Certified in Emotional Skills and Competencies (ESaC) and Evaluating Truthfulness and Credibility (ETaC) through PEI (Paul Ekman International). She is one of only two licensed Ekman professionals currently based in Australia. As an Ekman Associate, she is accredited and licensed to offer the core Ekman training content into her wider training programs.

She is an Associate Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and was selected to be a speaker at the 2020 ACFE Fraud Conference Asia-Pacific. Sharon is currently booked to speak to members at the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) at an upcoming members event in November.

Above: Highlights from interactive keynote presentation, City of Perth Library, Perth, Western Australia (Dec 2019). Video footage courtesy of Mack Taylor Media.

Please note that numbers are strictly limited for this power-packed unique session which will run at a relatively fast pace.

The Mind Hush Group will be adhering to the set guidelines recommended by the Australian Government Department of Health, the WA Department of Health, and Safe Work Australia. With our live in-person event, the following precautions will be in place for your safety at the hotel:

  • Delegates will be required to check into the hotel venue using the SafeWA app
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