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About Vanessa Van Edwards


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I’m Vanessa and I’m a Recovering Boring Person

I used to be boring. Really uninterestingly bland. Almost offensively dull. It wasn’t for lack of trying. I just didn’t understand people. How to read them. What makes them tick. How to carry a conversation. Most of all, I didn’t think I had anything to offer.

I didn’t have the confidence to be interesting.

I didn’t value myself. So how could anyone else?

My goal is to teach you how to be the most memorable person in the room.

Have you ever walked into a party afraid what people were thinking of you? Had someone forget they had met you before? Or stumbled your way through an awkward date? If so, I want to help you.

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Science Based Approach

I don’t use gimmicks or tricks. I take, what I call, a science based approach. By using current research out of academic institutions and research organizations around the world, I’m able to share the latest people science in an actionable, applicable and un-boring way.

Have I mentioned? I’m anti-boring. Our books, courses and articles delve into sometimes hilarious, always thought-provoking, occasionally offensive topics like:

  • The Science of Attraction
  • Human Lie Detection
  • Body Language Hacks
  • The Psychology of Jealousy
  • The Secrets of Persuasion

For You:

Have you ever walked into a party afraid what people were thinking of you? Had someone forget they had met you before? Or stumbled your way through an awkward date? If so, I want to help you.

Specifically, I use a blend of scientifically backed academic research, expert findings and personal case studies to show you how to master your interactions.

And most importantly. I’m allergic to BS. I’ll cut through the jargon and show you exactly what works in your business and personal life.



Professional Bio

Vanessa Van Edwards is a published author and behavioral investigator. She is a professional people watcher—speaking, researching and cracking the code of interesting human behavior for audiences around the world. Vanessa’s groundbreaking workshops and courses teach individuals how to succeed in business and life by understanding the hidden dynamics of people. Vanessa is a Huffington Post columnist and Penguin author. She has been featured on NPR, the Wall Street Journal, the Today Show and USA Today. She has written for CNN, Fast Company and Forbes.

Vanessa has spoken to groups across the globe from the stage at the Consumer Electronic Show to presenting research at MIT. She has used her research to consult for numerous Fortune 500 companies including American Express, Clean and Clear and Symantec.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emory University in 2007 and is SETT certified with Dr. Paul Ekman, SUBx certified with Dr. David Matsumoto, is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and certified in Statement Analysis.

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Unprofessional Bio:

Vanessa loves inappropriately intimate questions, peering into people’s shopping carts at the grocery store and eavesdropping on strangers conversations in coffee shops. In other words, she loves to figure people out.

She walks into parties determined to find out the most interesting thing about every person in the room. Vanessa doesn’t believe there are boring people—just individuals afraid to expose who the really are.

She’s allergic to uninteresting conversation, isn’t afraid to call BS and has long given up on social niceties.

She power poses anytime, anywhere with anyone…

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Weird Facts About Vanessa:

  • She loves the tea they serve on airplanes more than any other drink.
  • Her favorite word is hilarious…especially when you pronounce it in a British accent.
  • She urban nomaded for 2 years and lived in 14 different cities.
  • She does her most creative thinking while hiking (which she does 6 days a week, rain or shine)

My Bookshelf:

Tweet Me: @vvanedwards #WhatsOnMyBookshelf to tell me what’s on your bookshelf right now!

My Netflix Queue:

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It’s my mission is to help you realize your incredible value and use your unique voice to positively influence the world.

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Vanessa headshotVanessa Van Edwards, behavioral investigator:

  • Huffington Post Columnist
  • Author of Four Published Books
  • Has written columns for CNN, Forbes, Fast Company, The Week
  • Has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, USA Today, the Today Show, Fox News, and NPR

As a curator, Vanessa works to gather the most interesting and scientifically backed research findings from across the world and puts them into easy to understand, applicable articles and courses.

  • SETT Certified with Dr. Paul Ekman
  • Subx Certified with Dr. David Matsumoto
  • Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Mission: Vanessa’s mission is make the science of people accessible, understandable and applicable.

I wish we were taught people skills and body language in school. I believe everyone should know how to make strong connections with the people around them.

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*By the way, in some of last year’s videos you might hear Vanessa introduced as “Vanessa Van Petten,” that’s her maiden name–sorry if it’s confusing!

About Vanessa Van Edwards

Vanessa Van Edwards is a published author and behavioral investigator. She is a Huffington Post columnist and her courses and research has been featured on CNN, Forbes, Business Week and the Wall Street Journal. As a published Penguin author, Vanessa regularly speaks and appears in the media to talk about her research. She is a sought after consultant and speaker.


10 Comments


  1. Maria Arif

    Ms. Edwards, Does behavioral investigator research if people are mentally retarded or not? What challenges to you acquire and what criteria do you consider when determining if someone is sick or not?

  2. Laura

    Ms. Edwards, I see that “The Power of Body Language” on CreativeLive contains a component about lying. Do you have a course that will teach a person to detect when someone else is lying? I want to recommend this to my daughter who recruits tellers for a bank.

  3. Ajay Shrestha

    Ms. Edwards, your thoughts and research are really interesting. I would like to talk with you and love to listen to your thoughts.

  4. David Camp

    I am a professor at a private college and have been researching deception from academic positions for almost 30 years. I created a college course titled Deception Management which I have taught in colleges as a full course since 1998 and still do. One difference in our approach it seems is that I only ascribe to solid research as anecdotes often have built in biases as I am sure you have seen when training those already convinced. Unfortunately I have met with a crossroads in which I am having to broaden my fields greatly ranging from neuroscience to anthropology and everywhere in between. I would like to communicate with you if you have any desire. I am on linked in, though not as active as I once was due to personal events. But I am in the process of re-invigorating my efforts to focus all this toward the emotional intelligence arena but from a pure research based foundation. I am also acquainted with those you mentioned and several not you did not mention (but may know anyway – such as Avinoam Sapir LSI SCAN). Well I am rambling so I will stop now. I do hope to hear from you. Sincerely Dr. David A Camp Blackburn College Il.

  5. Daniel Santavicca

    Hi Vanessa. I saw you bio and your conferene info for the upcoming UPMG event in Nashville. I won’t be able to attend the conference, but I’d love to get a copy of your presentation How to be a Human Lie Detector if possible. Thanks, Dan

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