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VANESSA’S TEDX TALK: YOU ARE CONTAGIOUS

A dream came true! I was honored for the opportunity to give a TEDx Talk in London a few weeks ago and the video has just posted–I hope you love it! Watch it right now:

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Science of Personality

Here at the Science of People, we think a lot about personality. Not only is personality a fun way to learn about yourself and your friends, it can also make you a more effective team member and leader. Understanding personality allows you to form stronger...

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Habits: Optimize Your Routines to Increase Productivity

In our effort to become more productive we download new apps, optimize our schedules, eliminate distractions and try a host of other productive things. However, have you ever considered the role your basic, day-to-day habits play in your success? Habits are powerful...

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Book Club Book: Stop Talking, Start Doing Action Step

Stop Talking, Start Doing Action Book: Practical tools and exercises to give you a kick in the pants By: Shaa Wasmund  Book Description: Have you got an itch? To start your own business, go to the North Pole, retrain, lose weight, get promoted, learn to play the...

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What Do You Regret?

I regret hitting reply all on that email. I regret drinking too much that one night - you know the one I mean. I regret buying that stupid, overly-priced vacation package. I regret my college major. I regret getting that tattoo - just kidding....

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5 TV Shows That Will Make You Think

Let’s face it, at the end of a long day at work sometimes all we want to do is relax on the couch and watch TV. When you have a packed to-do list, you may feel guilty allowing yourself the lazy pleasure, but depending on what you watch, you don’t have to....

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Why Rejection Hurts According to Science

I have a question for you: Would you rather break an arm or be broken up with? We asked our Twitter followers this question and 76% said they would rather break an arm, while 24% said they would rather be broken up with. This response is...

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Read it Forward

Books have saved me. No kidding, I escaped into novels as a child. I learned how to interact with people from books as a college student and writing my own book as an adult has changed the trajectory of my career. Now I want to Read it Forward. I will send...

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How to Decode Your Boss’s Behavior

Do you struggle to understand your boss? If you’re working for someone whose actions and demands are a source of frustration and confusion, the problem likely lies not in their behavior but in your lack of understanding of the personality...

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Book Club Book: The Power of Habit

In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed.

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Stress: It’s Not the Enemy You Think

Stress is a worldwide epidemic. According to the Global Organization for Stress, at least 60% of working adults in major global economies are stressed and that statistic is even higher in countries like Australia where it’s estimated that 91%...

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Train the Trainer

Are you interested in our Body Language Training Program? Awesome! Check out these resources first: Overview of the Program Real Talk of the Program In this post, we want to share with you the Train the Trainer model of instruction that we use...

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The Science of Emotions

I’ve always been fascinated by how our emotions work. To me, it intuitively seemed like they’re all in our heads. I thought that all we needed to do to understand our emotional states and to get out of them was logic. My perspective changed when I read an amazing...

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How We Get Out of Childhood Alive

I recently read an amazing book by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone called The Art of Possibility. While I was reading, there was a particular passage that popped out at me and it got me thinking about how our childhood shapes our personalities....

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Book Club Book: The Upside of Stress

The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good For You, and How to Get Good At It By: Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. Book Description: Drawing from groundbreaking research, psychologist and award-winning teacher Kelly McGonigal, PhD, offers a surprising new view of stress—one that...

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Discover the One Thing That is Essential to Your Success

How do some people achieve extraordinary levels of success when pursuing their passions while others chase their dreams but never reach any finish lines?   The secret, according to entrepreneur and bestselling author Gary Keller, is that they have one thing - a...

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How to Spare Yourself from Tedious Small Talk

We chatted with the Wall Street Journal this month on conversation, getting deep with people and of course, avoiding social scripts. Check it out: Spare Yourself From Tedious Small Talk What seems like banal banter can turn into something more meaningful—and even help...

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Are You Afraid of Being Alone?

One time I was hanging out with a friend whose husband was away for the weekend. It was nice out so we went for a hike and out for brunch. We had a lovely morning, but once it came time to say goodbye, my friend’s behavior changed. She began questioning me for any...

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Body Language of the Month: How to Take Perfect Pictures

Your pictures reveal huge amounts of information about you. An amazing study done by Nalini Ambady that looked at CEOs’ faces found that people can glance at a picture of a CEO and predict how successful he or she is. Specifically, Ambady showed participants pictures...

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Virtual Book Tour Stop: CNN

As part of my virtual book tour, I stopped by CNN to talk about: Trump's hands speak--what do they say? and my new book: Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People Watch the Video: Immediately after he was sworn into office on January 20, 2017, Donald Trump...

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Science-Based Party Tricks

When it comes to going to parties and meeting new people, sometimes it’s the little things that can be the most awkward and nerve-wracking. I met with Tra’Renee Chambers to talk about two simple greetings that often cause people to fumble. Check it out:...

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The Obligatory Friend

Can you grow out of friendships? Sadly, I think the answer is yes. Does this story sound familiar to you: I met Sophie on a writer’s retreat. We bonded immediately—standing in line to get our room keys. I loved her shoes, she loved my scarf. We both tried to eat...

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Who is the Most Charismatic Person You Know?

We are looking for highly charismatic people for some new research on charisma (and hint hint our next course!) In the survey below, please nominate the most charismatic person you know. This should be someone you actually know personally and Someone who is currently...

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How to Say No

Do you have a hard time saying no? As social beings, we are driven to preserve our relationships and so it can be difficult to let people down even if it is the right thing for you. When I asked my Twitter followers if they agreed with this statement: “I have a hard...

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Book Club Book: The One Thing

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results By: Gary Keller with Jay Papasan Book Description: YOU WANT LESS. You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract...

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Virtual Book Tour Stop: The Laura Ingraham Show

As part of my virtual book tour, I stopped by The Laura Ingraham Show to talk about: How to Deal with Awkward Moments and my new book: Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People Listen to the Show: Check out more of my Virtual Book Tour...

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Virtual Book Tour Stop: Pivot Podcast

As part of my virtual book tour, I stopped by Pivot Podcast with Jenny Blake to talk about: Secrets from Viral TED Talks and my new book: Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People Topics We Cover: Pivot blessings in disguise How Vanessa bootstrapped Science of...

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Which do you want?

Hey Science of Peeps! We are hard at work creating some awesome new course content, but before we get too far... We want to know: Which course do you want to take next? Cast your vote and reserve your spot for the courses below. If you're only interested in one,...

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Coming to Atlanta!

What comes to mind when you think of networking? Awkward small talk? Boring conversations? The same type of interactions over and over again? It's time to take the awkwardness and anxiety out of networking. We want to put a stop to dull, average, boring networking, so...

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Virtual Book Tour Stop: CBS News This Morning

As part of my virtual book tour, I stopped by CBS News This Morning with Charlie Rose to talk about: How to Navigate Networking Events and Leave a Lasting Impression and my new book: Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People Show Notes:  We know that strong...

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Do You Ever Run Out of Things to Say?

Do you ever run out of interesting things to say? In our weekly Twitter poll, we asked people whether this statement was true or false for them: “When in a group of people I have trouble thinking of the right things to talk about.” 68% of people responded true so I...

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Virtual Book Tour Stop: Duct Tape Marketing

As part of my virtual book tour, I stopped by Duct Tape Marketing with John Jantsch to talk about: The Guide to Figuring People Out and my new book: Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People In This Episode, You Will Learn: Why the emotion of fear is a...

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Coming to Seattle!

What comes to mind when you think of networking? Awkward small talk? Boring conversations? The same type of interactions over and over again? It's time to take the awkwardness and anxiety out of networking. We want to put a stop to dull, average, boring networking, so...

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The Science of Frenemies

Do you know what the worst kind of relationship is? Not difficult people. Not enablers. Not toxic people. Nope. Ambivalent relationships cause the most emotional strain, take the most energy and are the most toxic. But what is an ambivalent relationship? Here are some...

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Virtual Book Tour Stop: The Psychology Podcast

As part of my virtual book tour, I stopped by The Psychology Podcast with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman to talk about: How to Captivate People and my new book: Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People Show Notes: Vanessa Van Edwards is a self-described “recovering...

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How to Unleash Your Inner Creative Genius

We are all creative geniuses. It doesn’t matter if you’re a technical professional who values logic above all else or if you think you don’t have an ounce of artistic ability, you have creativity within you. The question is, do you have the courage to unveil it?...

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