Checking Credentials

As with other types of resources, before relying on an expert, determine that the person has the proper credentials. Ask questions about where they are getting their information from. On what sources do they rely? How are they qualified to provide you with the information you are looking for? For example, you need to know how many people have used your town park's picnic area this summer. You call your Recreation and Parks Department and ask if someone can help you. The director of the department gives you a number in answer to your question. You can then ask where the number came from. Did they look up records of who reserved the park space and how many people they included in the permits, or are they estimating based on previous years' usage? For more information about checking credentials, read Lesson 8.

The Art Of Cold Reading

The Art Of Cold Reading

Today I'm going to teach you a fundamental Mentalism technique known as 'cold reading'. Cold reading is a technique employed by mentalists and charlatans and by charlatan I refer to psychics, mediums, fortune tellers or anyone that claims false abilities that is used to give the illusion that the person has some form of super natural power.

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