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Curiosity isn’t enough. In an information-saturated world, you need the skills to focus your research. Otherwise, you’re line fishing in a vast data sea. This master class is for investigative professionals who want to step up their investigative game from competent to stellar. Do you want to set yourself apart? Check out the video below for more information.
 
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This course is "... something I plan to make all of my folks take early next year."
-David N. -Investigator
 
"... delivery was very good. Easy to follow and understand."
-Murray T. -Investigator 
 
"This is the most in depth course on open source intelligence I've ever seen."
-Kimberly D. -Journalist
 

Stop struggling with fruitless searches, and learn where to cast your net. Find out how top analysts home in on the facts they want, and join the best in the field of open-source intelligence. In Brian Willingham’s master class, you’ll learn how to develop more leads for your reporting, find more witnesses for your case, or approach interviews with more information on hand.

Willingham has spent the last 15 years conducting research through open sources and public records. There are no manuals for what he does. He’s learned these techniques from years of studying, asking questions, and plain old getting his hands dirty, doing the job. He’s worked with some of the top investigators in this field on high-profile cases that make national headlines. He’s vetted political candidates who are now in top positions of power in our country. He’s made a name for himself as a trusted professional of unimpeachable ethics and a respected voice in the investigations community.

“Along this journey, I’ve come to realize that I had a pretty unique skill-set that others want to learn as well,” says Willingham. “Which is why I’ve teamed up with Hal Humphreys and the Pursuit Institute to create a ‘master class’ of all of the sources, techniques, tips and tricks that I have picked up along the way.”

In the past, the only way for professionals to study Willingham’s methods was to attend his workshop in person—usually, at a cost of $1,500 for two days of intensive training. Now, the Pursuit Institute has partnered with him to offer you this workshop online for a fraction of that price.

Learn at your own pace. Review the information as often as you like. Make notes. This is your chance to learn from one of the best in our industry.

This master class will boil down 15 years of investigative experience into a full workday of intensive videos, pointing you to the areas that matter most and providing checklists and specific “go to” sites. You’ll watch Willingham demonstrate his online searches in real time, using screen-capture video to comb through resources that are quite familiar to you, from Google and Facebook to Lexis Nexis, Pacer, and TLO. You’ll learn to search criminal and courthouse records and county clerk websites.

You’ll come away with an ability to search more efficiently, and with the answers to the questions that plague you, such as:

What are the best databases for my purposes?

Am I getting the most out of these resources?

What are the most effective and efficient ways to mine information?

How can I skip straight to the best “go-to” websites?

  I. Introduction 

  • Who am I and Why Are We Here?
  • Things You Never Learned in Background Investigation School
  • What We Hope to Accomplish 
  1. Getting into the Right Frame of Mind 
  • Why We Are In Such a Unique Position
  • Getting to the Root of What We Do
  • Tips to Grow and Thrive
  • Using Your Time Effectively and Efficiently
  • What You Can and Can’t Do - Legal vs. Ethical vs. Moral
  • Why You Need to Understand What a Client Wants
  • Why Internet Research is Soooo Valuable
  • Four Keys to Being a Great Researcher
  • Why the Phone Might Be Your Best Investigative Tool
  • Investigative Hacks
  • See the Forest through the Trees
  • Four Things to Keep in Mind
  1. Introduction to Databases
  • Start Here => Choosing the Right Permission
  • What is the Source of the Information?
  • Why You Can’t Always Trust a Database
  • Aggregators vs. Repositories
  • The One Thing You Must Take Away
  • Anatomy of a “Comprehensive” Background Report 
  1. The U.S. Court System
  • Introduction to the U.S. Court System
  • Searching Court Records (and Why You Need to Multi-Source)
  • Tools for Searching Court Records
  • Deciphering Court Records
  • The “No-Stone-Unturned” Criminal Record Search

5. How to Locate People, Phone Numbers and Addresses (except maybe the Boogey Man)

  • Search Strategies and Tips
  • Finding the Elusive Phone Number
  • How to Verify a Phone Number
  • Finding a Current Address
  • Find Someone Without Even Knowing Their Name
  • How Any Motivated Party Can Hide From Databases
  1. Finding Former Employees
  • Step One => Finding the Right Person
  • How Not To Get Overwhelmed
  • Sifting Through Mountains of Results
  • Focusing on The Important Details
  • Create a Search String
  • Narrowing Your Focus (it’s OK to ignore stuff)
  1. Establishing Connections Between Parties - Strategies and Tactics
  • Understanding Relationships
  • Where do your Strongest Relationships Come From
  • Genealogical Research 101
  • Making the Connections
  • Finding the Not-So-Obvious Connections
  1. Understanding Public Records
  • Exploring the Public Record Trail from Birth ‘til Death
  • LexisNexis / Westlaw Search Strategies
  • 6 Search Strings You Need To Know
  • Judgments, Liens and UCCs, Oh My
  • Deciphering Bankruptcy Records
  • Decoding Real Property Records
  • Strategies to Weed through Media
  • Anatomy of Political Contributions
  • Understanding FOIA Requests and How You Can Use Them
  • Non-Profit Records
  1. Understanding the Internet
  • How the Internet Works
  • Exploring the Deep Web
  • The 8 Search Strategies Everyone Should Know
  • Google is Not the Only Game in Town
  • What the Internet is Not Good For
  1. Going Social
  • Why Social is Important and What You Need to Do to Master It
  • Cracking the Social Code
  • How Can you Effectively Incorporate Social Media Into Your Investigations
  • Tips and Tricks to Find Social Media Profiles
  1. The Curse of the Common Name
  • Step One => Finding the Right Person
  • How Not To Get Overwhelmed
  • Sifting Through Mountains of Results
  • Focusing on The Important Details
  • Create a Search String
  • Narrowing Your Focus (it’s OK to ignore stuff)
  1. Other Tips and Tricks
  • Domain Information
  • Save Everything
  • Private Searching

This master class is for investigative professionals who want to step up their investigative game from competent to stellar and set themselves apart.

Interested? CLICK HERE to buy now.
 
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