How to Tell if Someone is Lying (Tips from a Savvy Trial Lawyer)

Every single day we struggle with trying to figure out who’s telling the truth. Social media posts, the evening news, and our daily business conversations all often revolve around each of us searching for accuracy and the true facts and story.

The problem we all face is this: How do we know if people are telling us the truth?

A decision based upon someone’s lie can harm relationships, put you out of business, and destroy your reputation in the community. When it comes to politics, a lie can turn love into hate and peace into war.

As a trial lawyer, I’m always challenged to try and figure out if my jurors, witnesses, and opposing counsel are being honest. In high-profile cases, it’s tough to determine if reporters are truthful with why they want to do an interview or have me on a panel.

It’s never easy but, over the past three decades of using the approaches I’ve outlined below, I’ve gotten pretty good at figuring our who is telling me the truth and who is lying. After you apply and practice what I share in this post, I think you’ll also have a much better handle on who’s a straight shooter and who’s trying to pull the wool over your eyes.

Some of the approaches I share with you in this post are based upon things I’ve learned from personal experience while fighting my client’s legal battles in court. Others are concepts and approaches I’ve learned from judges and from studying decades of research by talented psychologist, psychiatrist and other professionals. While you’ll never be 100% sure if the person you’re talking to or watching on television or a livestream is telling you the truth, the use of these techniques should help you get better at making this determination.

Three-Step Approach (When You Can Plan Ahead)

The easiest way for me to tell if someone is exaggerating a fact, misleading me, or straight out lying, is when I’m able to use what I call the “Three-Step” approach. Before talking with someone, I determine specific facts that are true and then when we meet, I naturally and comfortably incorporate questions about those established facts into the conversation.

I then listen to and watch how the other person responds to my questions and how he acts during the conversation. It’s a easy to follow process and you can do the same thing.

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What’s Your ‘Why’ on Social Media?

Towards the end of 2017 I shared this little rant with my LegalMinds Mastermind. Today, I’m sharing it with you.

I believe there’s a right and wrong way to build your social media brand and business. This is especially true if you’re a professional.

With this in mind, this video shares one of the most important messages I’ve posted in years. I hope my short rant will help you find success in 2018!

If you’re interested, here’s a bit more about my LegalMinds Mastermind

I created my cutting-edge mastermind community for professionals. It’s a global community that revolves around giving and helping others. At the same time, it’s designed to show members how to embrace and tap into the power of social media to expand their brand and top-of-mind awareness from local to global.

Depending on the membership plan you select, members get:

  • Private Consulting
  • Private 24/7 membership website
  • Exclusive email updates and content on practice development and entrepreneural digital tips, approaches and news
  • Weekly Live Video Conference (group) for all members with Q&A (recorded for 24/7 viewing)
  • Private 24/7 Facebook Group updates, resources, and networking
  • Immediate access to all content
  • Immediate membership in a trusted global community
  • Legal and business networking
  • Ongoing accountability and much more!

    If you’d like to learn more about my LegalMinds Mastermind, click here.

 

Mitch Jackson Profiled at INC.com

“Mitch Jackson leveraged the power of social media and live streaming to take his brand from local to international. Here’s what you can learn from it.”

by Dakota Shane

When you hear the word ‘law’, a lot of things come to mind. More than likely, none of those things are the phrase ‘social media’, but that didn’t stop this California lawyer from using the power of social to take his firm from a local to an internationally recognized brand, and it shouldn’t stop you either.

Click here to read the full article at Inc.com

The “Streaming Lawyer” in September’s Orange County Attorney Journal Magazine

“If you’re practicing law, marketing your practice, and building your brand like everyone else in town, then you’re probably doing things the wrong way.”

-Mitch Jackson

I’m honored and humbled to be featured in September’s Orange County Attorney Journal. Instead of talking about the law, I took this opportunity to share my thoughts about how being human and embracing social media, livestreaming, and digital, has helped our firm better serve the local, national, and international communities. Regardless of who you are and what you do, I believe the approach of helping, caring, and showing your human side, will work for you too.

Please click here to read the article. (Please note this is not paid advertising and no consideration was exchanged for being profiled in the magazine)

Just Out! The New 6th Edition of “The New Rules of Marketing and PR” by David Meerman Scott

I’m honored to be profiled in Chapter 5 of David Meerman Scott’s 6th edition of his best-selling book, “The New Rules of Marketing and PR.” The chapter is titled, “Blogs: Tapping Millions of Evangelists To Tell Your Story” and frankly, it shares some of my favorite approaches to building your brand and creating global top-of-mind awareness and influence. I know you’re going to like all of the tips, information and stories found in David’s updated book!

To put the value of David’s book into context, it’s important to know that the first edition of “The New Rules of Marketing & PR” was published in 2007 and was six months on the BusinessWeek bestseller list. Since then the book has sold more than 375,000 copies in English in the various editions and is now available in 29 languages from Albanian to Vietnamese. Hundreds of colleges and universities around the world use it as a text in class and many companies require all marketing and PR staff to read a copy.

The newly updated 6th edition is out in the USA and will soon reach other countries around the world. It includes a dozen fresh new examples of success. Click here for more information and to place your order!


Update: I’ll be sharing the stage with David in Las Vegas later this month at the Tony Robbins Business Mastery Event. Look for our updates and livestreams during the upcoming event and click here or on the image below to watch a short live video of David sharing my newsjacking efforts at the recent Florida event 😉

Social Media Day San Diego- June 30th!


Join us June 30th for “Social Media Day San Diego” at the beautiful Bahia Resort Hotel on Mission Bay!

In addition to #SMDaySD taking place at one of the most stunning venues in Southern California, Tyler Anderson and his amazing team at Casual Fridays, have put together an outstanding lineup of social media experts who will be sharing the latest tools, tips and approaches.

As for me, I’ll be sharing 30 years of legal tips to show you exactly how to to use social media, livestreaming and the other digital platforms in a way that will help you, and your company, avoid unnecessary legal hassles.

Want more info? Ready to get your tickets? Visit SocialMediaDaySanDiego.com today!