So you think you can lie?

08/21/2010 | Economist (free content), The

Researchers have combed through transcripts of 30,000 executive-level conference calls, and they've figured out the signs that betray CEOs who tell fibs about their companies' finances. Swearing, using fewer hesitation words and referring to yourself in the third-person are all tell-tale signs that an executive is talking through their hat. Researchers say the study should help investors spot dishonest bosses -- and perhaps also help PR teams coach executives to sound more convincing.

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