Tonight is the big debate between current Illinois Govern Patrick Quinn and challenger Bill Brady which will air on Chicago’s Fox 32 News at 8pm. Illinois is fortunate that we come from a state that has the most honest politicians. But just in case, we all will be watching and listening while I spend my time focusing on the candidates facial expressions, hand gestures, breathing, skin tone and heart rate as best as possible. Unless someone is wearing a full suit of armor, I should be able to formulate an opinion. After the debate, Fox news has graciously invited me to offer my opinion live.
After years of experience and much training, I am considered an expert in body language and should be able to tell you some good observations. Training in interrogation offers some great insight into human behavior and allows us to see lies without even hearing the words. It’s nearly impossible for a person to quell their physical body functions such as breathing, heart rate, perspiration as well as facial and body gestures controlled by the nervous system.
While a court of law would not allow these opinions, it is a widely accepted fact that the body usually does not lie. I say usually as their are some reasons a person can appear nervous and may not be lying. Afraid of cameras, public speaking, lack of knowledge are a few of the many reasons someone can appear nervous in the bright lights of a camera. Keep in mind that this is not an interrogation where a trained person can ask the questions. These questions are well expected and candidates have hopefully practiced before tonight to put their best foot forward and hopefully not in their mouth.
So tune in tonight or check for the replay on the Fox Chicago News Website if you read this too late. Let’s see whose pants are on fire or whose nose grows disproportionate to their face during questioning.
Perry Myers, CFE