Former FBI Agent to Lead Deception Detection Seminar

August 5, 2014 at 10:18 am

Lee Howell l 1-11 019Spartanburg, S.C. – What she said sounds pretty far-fetched, but is it true?

In day-to-day life, you’ll hear lies from your children, salespeople, coworkers, friends, politicians and even uttered from your own mouth. But how do you know if someone is being truthful or just “pulling your leg?”

The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate welcomes guest speaker, F. Lee Howell, to their Wells Fargo Speaker Series, for a half-day seminar that will help you to identify verbal and non-verbal behaviors and clues that indicate deceptive intent.

The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, in the BMW Classroom at the George, 160 E. Saint John St. in downtown Spartanburg. Tickets are $10 (includes continental breakfast) and must be purchased in advance at .

Howell is a 26-year veteran of the FBI who worked many undercover assignments, and supervised the selection and training of other FBI undercover agents. He now runs a consulting company, The Behavioral Assessment Group, which trains people to recognize and distinguish between a person who is uncertain of their answers and someone who is purposefully deceitful, possibly with the intent to inflict harm. He will share deception identification techniques, non-coercive interviewing techniques, what questions to ask, as well as tips for recognizing how someone’s deceptive strategy may impact you.

The seminar will be useful for a wide range of people in a variety of professions, including human resources, law enforcement, education, banking, investment and business.

For more information, contact Bea Walters Smith at (864) 503-5235 or