Pamela Barnum

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Pamela Barnum is a former undercover police officer and federal prosecutor who helps organizations increase trust, strengthen motivational strategies, and improve negotiation outcomes using insider nonverbal communication skills. As a body language expert and trust strategist, Pamela delivers techniques once thought of as a “secret second language” that participants can begin using immediately.


Imagine what it would be like to live as a different person with a different name, identity, and background. Working for months at a time with criminals and drug dealers, and your success depended on establishing trust... that’s precisely what Pamela Barnum did for years working undercover in the Drug Enforcement Section. She learned real-world techniques for building trust and interpreting body language. When Pamela left policing she accepted a position as a federal prosecuting attorney, spending countless hours in the courtroom, perfecting her nonverbal communication and trust-building techniques. 


Following a successful 20-year career in the criminal justice system, Pamela studied corporate negotiations in graduate school. Now, she shares her expertise with others, teaching them invaluable communication skills that increase trust, improve relationships, and decode nonverbal cues. Pamela has been a featured trust strategist and body language expert, contributing to print media, radio, and television news programs. Her TEDx Talk, “What Drug Dealers Taught Me About Trust,” was viewed more than 400,000 times in the first year. 


Pamela is a sought-after speaker for both live and virtual events. 


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Crack the Code: 3D Communication Strategies for Powerful Results 


More than fifty percent of our communication is nonverbal; we miss more than half of the conversation when we fail to pay attention. Learn the secret second language reserved for communication experts and law enforcement to communicate confidence, elevate influence, and improve negotiation outcomes. 


Display calm confidence in every situation. Learn when to move toward, not away from, conflict and when silence is the most effective negotiating tactic. 


Decode nonverbal cues with certainty. Understand what is being said, regardless of the words used.


Detect deception with greater accuracy using science-backed techniques. Confidently assess verbal and nonverbal misrepresentation indicators, bluffing, and lies in real-time.



Create a Culture of TRUST to Prepare for an Uncertain Future


Trust is in crisis, and earning trust has never been more imperative than it is now. Trust solves risk problems, improves culture, and increases innovation to prepare for an uncertain future; without trust, there is no transaction. 


Create a culture of trust with:


Transparent communication. Establish stability and security in times of uncertainty without overcommunicating or micromanaging.  


Respect for self and others. Eliminate uncertainty and fear to increase productivity, profits, and appreciation for others with more than words. 


Undercover tactics anyone can use to increase rapport and decrease conflict anywhere, anytime.


Sincere and authentic nonverbal cues. Discover how to communicate trust with more than words consistently.


Take ownership while exercising tact and diplomacy in challenging situations. Learn how to deliver bad news and provide critical feedback in a way that strengthens your reputation and repairs relationships.


Tactical Influence: The Superpower for Leaders


Tactical Influence is vital to gaining trust, aligning efforts to pursue goals, inspiring positive change, and significantly increasing revenue. Using proven LIFE skills to enhance essential outcomes, learn how to:


Leverage talent with intentional communication cues for increased collaboration and quicker decisions.


Inspire intrigue. Uncover how to increase productivity, creativity, and happiness with the power of curiosity and when best to utilize it.


Fearlessly communicate confidence and maintain a strong executive presence in times of uncertainty. Use fear and doubt to supercharge insight and eliminate imposter syndrome.  


Empower with empathy. High-empathy-based environments have performance levels three times higher than low-empathy environments. Discover the often-overlooked strategy that builds a stronger, more productive, and more engaged culture.

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