Truth, Lies & Human Behaviour


Truth sits at the core of great relationships...

TRUTH & LIES: Navigating the Truth-Deception Spectrum® in business and in life.

The truth is… we all lie. We lie to ourselves, to each other, actively or passively, much of the time. We are surrounded by deception from moment we wake up and check our instagram feed, to pouring a glass of red and switching on the evening news.

So if we don’t like lies…why do we lie so much?

A myriad of reasons. Humans are complex. Relationships are complex. Organisations and societies are complex. Truth and Deception is not black and white, it’s a deeply nuanced spectrum from transparent to opaque.

The motivations, intentions and influences that drive us towards truth or deception, run the gamut from a ‘white lie’ to protect someone’s feelings through to a hidden truth to protect national security. Likewise, the resulting impact spans from benign or insignificant, to fundamentally altering the trajectory of your life, the quality of your relationships, your brand or the ultimate success of your business.


In her provocative and illuminating Keynotes, Elly Johnson brings 20 years of insight, from boots-on-the-ground cop to consultant to our highest national security agencies, exposing and exploring the complex spectrum of TRUTH and DECEPTION in human behaviour.

Understanding what motivates us toward truth or deception, and being aware of the impact it has on how we communicate, connect, and interact on a daily basis, enables us to better navigate the TRUTH–DECEPTION SPECTRUM, from the boardroom to the bedroom and every room in between.

Through the lens of the Truth Circles™ framework, Elly takes audiences on a journey of exploration about how truth can help build trust, create unbreakable relationships, boost sales and transform the culture of a team.

  • Build better relationships at work and home
  • Reduce the risk of hidden truth in communication
  • Develop confidence for courageous conversations
  • Show up in authentic alignment with personal values
  • Create healthy, happy and high-performing team cultures

**Keynote presentations are customised to support the theme of the event, conference or the industry focus.

HARNESS THE POWER OF TRUTH:  Exploring truth through the lens of the 5 Truth Circles: for better personal and professional results.

THE ART OF TRUTH: Navigate a life with less Bull Sh*t. Reduce Risk – Increase Transparency.

TRUTH & GREAT TEAMS:  Navigating the Truth-Deception Spectrum for stronger and more productive teams.

TRUTH AS HER SUPERPOWER – Inspirational wisdom for Women’s Business Networks and Events



Individual or Group Mentoring

Elly also works one-to-one and in small groups, coaching clients to break through limiting barriers to success.  Where truth, transparency or truth with self is an issue, Elly will help navigate the path to better relationships and outcomes.

“OMG you are bloody amazing !!!! Thank you so much Elly. I did it I did it, I smashed through the truth dilemma and the conversation went really well. He really appreciated me bringing this up again and putting it to bed for good.You are so right, he thinks I am great again and it was a relief to be able to be completely honest with him.”

– Assistant Director, Australian Government

“Just one session with Elly opened my eyes to the need to go back to the basics of open, honest and transparent communication. I didn’t realise how much impact the smoke and mirrors were having on my life and she helped me to see things I had been missing”

– Aaron J (Company name withheld)

The Source recently hosted an important networking event for our clients in Sydney and we required a speaker who would connect and engage the audience of procurement professionals.

Elly Johnson met with The Source and together decided the theme ‘Truth, Lies and Emotions’ as not only interesting, but a highly relevant topic for the procurement profession.
Elly’s presentation at our event was well loved by all attendees. She was professional, engaging and led an interesting discussion that left attendees with a thirst for more knowledge..

I highly recommend Elly to any organisation looking to engage and train their employees as well as impress their clients.
Alice Thompson-Seagrave
Senior Resource Consultant, The Source
Elly Johnson has trained & presented to my sales and senior management teams both at Jotun Australia and Hempel Australia.

Her passionate & knowledgable presentation style kept the groups engaged & involved. Her insights into reading behaviour, getting the edge in negotiations and detecting emotions and deception are valuable to anyone who deals with people.

Elly’s experience in Policing, corporate and business management gives her great insight into human behaviour - and her stories are relevant and memorable. Highly recommended!
Michael O'Malley
National Sales & Operations Manager