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2015/2016 Speeches/Events

My 2015/2016 Speeches/Events:

1/9,10/15 Horizon Book Store - Traverse & Cadillac
1/9/15 Ron Jolly, WCTM Traverse City Radio
1/19/15 Rotary - Grandville

3/13,14,15/15 Great Lakes Authors
3/20/15 Michigan Healthcare Auditors
4/16/15 John Smietanka Radio Show - "Due Respect"
4/21/15 Grand Rapids Accountants & Financial Professionals
4/22,23/2015 Sunset Manor Speeches
4/30/15 John Smietanka Radio Show - "Due Respect"
5/26/15 Grand Rapids Rotary East

6/11/15 Women's Council of Realtors
6/25/15 Cedar Springs Library

7/30/15 Horizon Book Store, Traverse City

8/5/15 Radio Appearance on The Pledge

8/13/15 Chief Revenue Officer Roundtable, Minneapolis, MN
9/22/15 Kent County Traffic Squad
10/22/15 Kent District Library Authors' Night
10/27/15 Michigan Council of Professional Investigators
12/3/15 Rotary - Holland
12/8/15 Internal Auditors' Association - Lansing
2/5,6,7/16 Lansing Authors
3/11,12,13/16 Grand Rapids Authors

11/16/16 Hudsonville Chamber of Commerce

Great Book Review by Judge Carl Marlinga


As a former prosecutor, defense attorney, and now as a judge, I always thought that I could tell when somebody was lying on the witness stand. Now I know why. Joe Koenig’s book meticulously lays out the telltale verbal clues that people give when they are straying from the truth. This highly entertaining book is an invaluable aid to anyone whose job it is to find the truth. The detailed analysis of the statements of our best known liars, from O.J. Simpson to Bill Clinton, memorably illustrates the subtle word and sentence structure changes that we adopt when trying to deceive. Did I like this book? I would like to say I did. Of course, because this is an honest review, the answer to that question is: yes.

By: Carl J. Marlinga, Macomb County (MI) Probate Court Judge

You can purchase Mr. Koenig's book by clicking the "BOOKSTORE."

Chuck Todd and Trained Observers

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On 6/21/15’s Meet the Press, Chuck Todd showed a video from Sing-Sing Prison. The video depicted several black prisoners talking about their bad decisions that led to their imprisonment. Following the video, Todd asked his panel members for their reactions:

1. New York Times' David Brooks: "profound, powerful, insightful" – almost bringing him to tears. This is what Todd expected. He then asked Eugene Robinson.

2. Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson: "offended," noting "only black prisoners were depicted... We should point out that this is not just an African-American problem.” This is not what Todd expected. Todd was surprised, stunned, embarrassed. 

Chuck Todd and Meet the Press failed to understand the need for a diversified staff with diverse perspectives and understandings. A diverse staff would have identified this issue before it was aired on national TV.

So, here we are - back to OJ Simpson’s verdict; the Ferguson, MO shooting; and an almost unlimited list of incidents which show how our biases and prejudices limit or predetermine our understanding/perception of what we just witnessed. Or, our predispositions cause us to be impulsive, reaching conclusions before we get all the facts. These are concrete examples of our need to be mindful of our predispositions, our biases. We need real objectivity, and to wait for all the facts.

In my book, "Getting the Truth," I explain how we can improve our skills and abilities to sense what is really going on around us. Are you receiving/sensing all the information you need to make the best fact- based decisions? We need to minimize, and where possible, remove our filters. Be aware of our prejudices, our biases to allow us to receive all the information, not just what we think is there or what we want to think is there. Further, what isn’t there is also important.

The Trained Observer is one who senses all there is and isn’t, that should be. Investigators, medical practitioners, human resource professionals, parents, TV commentators and business professionals need to make better fact-based decisions. Let’s become better at “sensing” all the information. Let’s become Trained Observers.

You can purchase Mr. Koenig’s book, “Getting the Truth” by clicking “BOOKSTORE." 

".. unlocking the secrets of communication." - buy Mr. Koenig's autographed books at BOOKSTORE.

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