Tough Nuts© is a unique, advanced interview skills course that enhances a participant’s ability to collect critical and truthful information. Capitalizing on psychological aspects of social influence, and active listening, the course teaches a low-key, interpersonal approach to effectively obtaining truthful and actionable information from reluctant or difficult people, without damaging relationships. These non-coercive techniques have been effective in evoking critical information from employees in the hiring process, people under suspicion of misconduct or criminal activity, candidates being considered for critical promotions, and senior management officials suspected of fraudulent activities, to name a few. Equally at home in the boardroom, the exam room and the interview room these advanced techniques elicit more reliable information, help interviewers assess the likely impact of a deceptive person’s strategy, and lead to more confident and accurate decision making.

Length: Four hours (expandable, with practical exercises)

Prerequisite Courses: Who''s Lying?©

Why You Need Our Services

Whether you are a business executive collecting information to make critical decisions for you company, a professional whose reputation depends on the confidence with which you assess information, or an individual making decisions in your personal life - you are lied to multiple times every day. Unlocking the Truth© gives you the skills necessary to avoid the negative outcomes that are imminent if someone successfully lies to you.

Unlocking the Truth© gives you:

  • skills to effectively analyze the behavior of others,

  • a simple, objective method to reliably identify deception,

  • a structured approach to questioning that makes deception apparent,

  • influence skills that support you in effectively collecting the facts that are critical to your success.

The Bar Group is devoted to providing our clients with the most current, effective and useful behavioral analysis, interview and influence skills available. These resources are available through live group training courses, web based training and customized, client-specific consulting engagements.  

Our live training sessions are designed with client specific practical exercises to enhance the relevance of the skills we share. This approach gives participants an immediate value-added skill-set in their everyday work, and helps them realize how they can use these new skills of behavior assessment to their company’s advantage.  The BAR Group's live training is accredited by NASBA for eight CPE credits.

We realize that live training isn’t always accessible for people who want to experience Unlocking the Truth©. So, we developed an online version of this acclaimed training that allows participants to learn the same unique and powerful skills progressing at their own speed.

Now, whether in live sessions or on the web, everyone can learn to avoid negative outcomes in their lives by Unlocking the Truth©.



Our signature course, Unlocking the Truth© is now available online!  Our Unlocking the Truth© QAS self study CPE course is now accredited for 9.5 CPE hours by NASBA.  Taught internationally, Unlocking the Truth© is the most effective, most reliable, and simplest methodology there is for identifying deception and for persuading others to disclosure truthful information. Traditionally presented in live training classes sponsored by individual clients, Unlocking the Truth© was often out of reach for most people. Now this highly rated course material is also available in an online version for everyone who wants it. You don’t have to be a genius to learn these effective non-confrontational techniques and use them daily in your personal and professional life. With practice, you can begin to incorporate them as second-nature skills whenever they are needed. Learn at your own pace with this fascinating and enlightening online course! Our online Reinforcement Training is designed for anyone who has taken Unlocking the Truth© and wants to keep his or her interviewing skills sharp! Online video exercises focus on specific training points, and present the participants with thought-provoking challenges that practice those individual skills. Then, each month a BAR Group expert will host a scheduled webinar to discuss one of the video exercises, and participants can join the discussion to ask questions for more in-depth understanding. 

This online version of Unlocking the Truth©  provides the full course material plus review questions that insure comprehension of each training module. Participants can repeat or review any of the course materials for a period of one year.

Choose the TRAINING tab at the top of this page and select SELF STUDY to sign up for Unlocking the Truth©!


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The BAR Group, LLC is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponser of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsers.  State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsers may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsers, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37219-2417. Web site:


Thousands of financial professionals and government employees are already eligible to receive Continuing Professional Education credits just by successfully completing The BAR Group’s Unlocking the Truth© training.  Regardless of your profession, if you are also required to earn CPEs to maintain certification in your profession, contact The BAR Group with information about your accrediting organization.  We will work with them to earn approval of our training for CPEs for you and your colleagues.  

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