Lena Sisco

She is also a deceptive analysis expert on the TV show, Couples Court with the Cutlers, a former TEDx speaker, a Mindsail Expert coach, a senior Body Language Institute train-the-trainer instructor with Janine Driver, instructor and a keynote speaker for numerous agencies and industries. In October 2013 she founded her own company, The Congruency Group, in order to train people in body language and detecting deception skills, interviewing and interrogation techniques, elicitation methods, body language, deceptive analysis and enhanced communication skills. Lena also works for SAIC as a principle training analyst educating government agency personnel in leadership foundations, mindfulness and communication practices.

Lena’s background as a former Department of Defense (DoD) certified military interrogator and Naval Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Officer who served in the Global War on Terror interrogating members of al Qaida and Taliban shortly after 9/11 at Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, shaped her expert abilities that she trains others in today. She is the recipient of the Joint Service and the Navy/Marine Corp Commendation and Achievement Medals. 

She has worked for the Office of Naval Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency and partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in HUMINT collection activities. Lena has trained numerous DoD and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel since 2003 and continues to train them today.  

Prior to her career in HUMINT, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s Degree in Archaeology from Brown University and has excavated overseas. She is an animal advocate and currently volunteers as a bird-of-prey handler.  

Presentation Topics

Deceptive Analysis Secrets from a Former Expert Military Interrogator to Spot the Lies and Get the Truth (90 minutes)

In this presentation, Lena shares the truths behind interrogation methods used at Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, shortly after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, during the Global War on Terror. Rumors will be addressed and put to rest. Lena will share what really worked and what did not work when it came to breaking through the detainees’ resistance to tell the truth. She will share stories of how simple rapport gained valuable intelligence information and how her deceptive analysis expertise gained truthful information. She will talk about some of her lessons learned that she still continues to practice today when she is interviewing and that she continues to teach today to law enforcement, military, agency and private sector personnel. And finally, she will share some of her deceptive analysis skills with you so you can spot the lies and get the truth.

The ABC’s of Perfecting Human Interaction: Awareness, Body Language and Communication (90 minutes)

Lena will share techniques that will help you strengthen personal and professional relationships, become a stronger leader, mentor and communicator, manage your nerves and emotions better, and gain surprising confidence. You will know the dos and don’ts of body language, and be able to build amazing rapport by knowing exactly what to say, and more importantly what NOT to say. We spend a lot of time assessing others to help us interact effectively. However, in order to perfect how we interact with others, we must spend the same amount of time assessing ourselves. The techniques Lena will teach you will help you become more aware of how you communicate and interact with others so that you can build quid quo pro relationships that can help you gain followers and financial profits.

The Information Every Body Has That You May Be Missing; Find Out What Hidden Messages You May be Sending Through Your Body Language, and the Hidden Messages Others are Sending to You (60 minutes)

Do you tend to assume how someone feels just by looking at them? Is your assumption accurate? Do you know the one sure sign of uncertainty? Would you know if someone feels superior to you and is taking advantage of you? Can you identify when others are lying to you? Hidden messages are communicated unconsciously through our body gestures and facial expressions every time we speak. In this presentation Lena will teach you how to quickly and accurately read body language and facial expressions to get to the bottom of what is really being said.

Advanced Communication Strategies for Influential Leaders: Excel in Your Role as Manager, Mediator & Mentor (90 minutes)

This keynote is for any professional looking to enhance their interpersonal communication skills to accomplish professional goals and objectives, increase productivity and enhance professional relationships. In this presentation you will learn how to use body language successfully, how to favorably influence people, how to effectively receive and deliver information, how to turn conflict into cooperation, how to inspire and motivate others, how to be mindful and fully present, how to master the art of rapport and the tenets of great leaders. These techniques will help you become a stronger leader and communicator to manage, mediate and mentor those around you. Use these skills to foster a culture of respect, create an inclusive environment, increase your business acumen, and expand your professional and financial boundaries.


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