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I'm honored to be speaking at the 2023 FBI National Academy Annual Training Conference in Denver, CO.               July 29 - August 1, 2023


Understanding Communication

Joe Koenig, MPA, CFE and Forensic Linguist, KMI Investigations, LLC; Michigan State Police (Retired); FBINA Graduate Session 122
1.5 hours education credit

Understanding Communication is a critical and very difficult, complex process. We learn at an early age to listen to what people say, not what they didn’t say, or what they really mean. Using Forensic Linguistics we will break down the communication process and help the attendee better understand what is really being communicated, what isn’t, and why. Precise and accurate communication results in better, factual, and more ethical decision making. The process includes asking the right question, the right way, at the right time. Equally important is the minimization of contamination.

Contamination is anything that affects communication. Questions contaminate. The number of interviewers contaminates. Interview locations contaminate. Even the absence of contamination contaminates.

Attendees will learn the skills necessary to understand the communication process through lecture and real-life examples, preparing them to become better communicators and ethical decision-makers.

Joe Koenig, a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Forensic Linguist (court certified Expert Witness for Interviewing & Interrogation), retired from the Michigan State Police after 26 years and has 50+ years of investigative experience in both the public and private sectors. He is the award-winning author of the books, “Getting the Truth,” and the 2019 "Getting the Truth: I am D.B. Cooper.” He was lead investigator on the James R. Hoffa case, and investigated homicides, organized crime, financial crimes, narcotics, and public corruption. Forensic Linguistics uses communication elements as evidence.

Joe is Past President of the Michigan FBI National Academy Associates, a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), holds a BS in Accounting from Wayne State University, and a Masters in Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He now owns and operates KMI Investigations in Michigan specializing in financial fraud investigations and Forensic Linguistics.




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