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My Pants Are On Fire

I’m a horrible liar.

It’s not so much that I have a problem with the lie itself, but it’s the post-lie paranoia that really destroys me.

I was a ridiculously good child/teenager—seriously Mom, you had it so good—but the worst lie I can think of occurred about six years ago. I was 20, had just gotten my license a month prior and wanted to drive from Maryland to Connecticut to visit my friend.

I knew my parents would never let me, so I lied and told them I was driving an hour and a half away to Gettysburg, Pa., where I would meet up with another friend who would drive us both the rest of the way.


Except the joke was really on me, because I spent the entire trip worrying that I would get caught. I called my Mom an hour and a half into my drive—the time I would have arrived in Gettysburg—and assured here I was safely in Pennsylvania. I paid for all of my gas in cash so as to not trace my credit card activity to the Jersey turnpike, I ripped up every receipt and sheet of directions, and I frantically scanned a New York rest stop for familiar faces. I couldn’t even eat my Cinnabon in peace.

Body language expert Janine Driver would have a field day with me.

The New York Times Best Selling author, and Founder, President and Lead Instructor for the Body Language Institute (BLI), is a Thought Leader at the 2013 NAA Education Conference & Exposition, June 19-22, in San Diego. 

Through her innovative techniques when reading body language, Driver says apartment industry professionals can also tell if prospective residents, employees or supervisors are lying.

Whether done consciously or not, Driver says statistics show that 90 percent of people who apply for jobs over-emphasize or downright make up something on their resumes. (I really am “proficient” in Excel!) More importantly, 80 percent of lies go undetected.

Before interviewing a job candidate, Driver says it is important to prime them to be truthful in their responses. Rather than saying, “Please do not lie,” say, “Please be honest.” Driver suggests using statements that refer to the truth, such as, “Whether you tell me the truth or don’t tell me the truth…”

When filling out job application forms, Driver says the first thing job candidates should read is, “I hereby sign that the following questions I answer are the truth.”

Followed by, “I did not get lost en route to Connecticut and accidentally drive through the Bronx while trying to find a place to pee.”

For more, check out “Catch the Wave” in the May issue of units Magazine, which mails May 9.