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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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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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Virtual Book Tour Stop: The Inner Changemaker

As part of my virtual book tour, I stopped by The Inner Changemaker with Jay Wong to talk about: How to Read People's Minds and my new book: Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People What you'll discover in this episode: Three (3) kinds of exceptions for...

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Virtual Book Tour Stop: Lewis Howes

As part of my virtual book tour, I stopped by Lewis Howes' show to talk about: What If You Could Read People Like a Book? and my new book: Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People In This Episode, You Will Learn: What makes the most popular people popular...

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Coming to Los Angeles!

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: Fizzle

As part of my virtual book tour, I stopped by Fizzle to talk about: How to Resonate Deeper With Your Customers Using the Science of Personality and my new book: Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People Show Notes: Doesn’t matter what surf board you’re riding,...

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Virtual Book Tour Stop: The Pitch Podcast

As part of my virtual book tour, I stopped by The Pitch Podcast with Amanda Berlin to talk about: Unconventional Ways to Start a Lovefest with an Influencer and my new book: Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People Show Notes: Why you should reveal your...

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Virtual Book Tour Stop: Art of Charm

As part of my virtual book tour, I stopped by Art of Charm to talk about my new book: Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People In this show: How can nonverbal communication affect the first impression you make to someone — even if they’re just hearing your...

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Can You Tell Me What to Do?

Do you ever ask for advice? If not, you should. Asking for advice is one of my favorite, most-overlooked people hacks because it helps you learn new things and bond with people. Check out my video to find out how: Advice is powerful and I want to hear yours. Right...

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Virtual Book Tour Stop: Good Life Project

As part of my virtual book tour, I stopped by the Good Life Project with Jonathan Fields to talk about: Hacking Social Interaction for Good and my new book: Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People Show Notes: As a geeky, modern-day Dale Carnegie, Vanessa Van...

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Virtual Book Tour Stop: Chase Jarvis LIVE

As part of my virtual book tour, I stopped by Chase Jarvis LIVE to talk about: How to Become a Master Communicator and my new book: Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People  On this show, I discuss: The difference between decoding and encoding emotional...

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Coming to DC!

What comes to mind when you think of networking? Awkward small talk? Boring conversations? It’s time to take the awkwardness and anxiety out of networking. Join Vanessa Van Edwards, author of Captivate, for a new type of networking event that will give you a...

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Body Language of the Month: Learn How to Read Faces

Have you ever had a conversation with someone where they gave you vague responses and you suspected their actual thoughts were stronger than they said? It’s a frustrating situation to be in but one that is easily solved when you know how to read faces. People’s faces...

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Trump to Truman: An Analysis of 20 Inaugural Addresses

By Vanessa Van Edwards Science of People Overview: The goal of our lab, the Science of People is to find patterns in human behavior. We wanted to examine presidential inaugural addresses. What patterns can be found in the last 20 presidential Inaugural addresses? Are...

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My Writing Process

This is a very personal post, but I wanted to put it on the blog because I have gotten a few questions from lovely readers wanting to write their own books, memoirs and guides. I am by no-means an expert in authoring but I have written five books – three...

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Coming to New York City!

What comes to mind when you think of networking? Awkward small talk? Boring conversations? It’s time to take the awkwardness and anxiety out of networking. Join Vanessa Van Edwards, author of Captivate, for a new type of networking event that will give you a...

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Do You Think Pick-up Lines Work?

Do you think pick-up lines work? When I asked my twitter followers this question, only 30% of people responded with the affirmative. While I wasn’t surprised by this response, I do think that the negative reputation that pick-up lines have isn’t entirely earned. Check...

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Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People

"I believe people skills are the missing ingredient to your success. When you know how to pitch yourself, make memorable conversation and build relationships everything becomes easier. You make more money. You have more friends. You feel more fulfilled. PQ is the new...

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Sneak Peek of Captivate Chapter 8

Sneak Peek of Captivate Chapter 8 For my book, Captivate, I interviewed an all-around amazing human being (and very special friend of mine), Paige Hendrix Buckner: Chief Gratitude Officer with ClientJoy. Watch gratitude in action with this exclusive sneak...

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5 Essential People Skills Everyone Should Know

Have you heard? PQ is the new IQ. Interpersonal intelligence is one of the most overlooked, underutilized skill sets. In school, as we form our careers or level-up our professional life we often think about technical skills. We forget about soft skills. I believe...

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Use Science to Take the Perfect Profile Picture

Think your profile picture doesn't matter? Think again! Research has found that people make their first impression of you within 100ms of seeing your photo! Here's what's crazy: Different photos of you send different messages. Princeton University Researcher, Dr....

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Book Club Book: Big Magic

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear By: Elizabeth Gilbert Book Description: Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to...

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How to Transform Your Passion into a Side Hustle

Do you have dreams of turning the skills and hobbies you are passionate about into a money-making side project or full-time business? Regardless of where you are in your current career, with enough hustling you can build a reputation where people know you for your...

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How to Have a Friend Breakup

Let me explain a people puzzle that has always perplexed me: It’s ok to date. It’s ok to define a romantic relationship. It’s ok to re-evaluate a partnership. It’s ok to breakup. It’s hard in romantic relationships, but it is ok—if not essential to be able to date...

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Can Charisma Be Learned?

Do you think highly charismatic people are born or made? When I asked my twitter followers this question, over 90% of them responded that they believe that charisma can be learned. I agree with them. It’s a huge, limiting myth that you have to be born with strong...

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Are You a Truth Wizard?

Research estimates that we are lied to as many as two hundred times per day. That means you are told lies in the majority of interactions you have with people. When I first read this statistic I was shocked; I thought that I surrounded myself with honest people....

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The Science of the Resting Bitch Face

Do you ever get asked questions like these on days you feel perfectly okay: Are you angry? Is something wrong? Did I say something to offend you? Why don’t you smile more? If so, and you’ve probably already realized it, you have a resting bitch face. The resting bitch...

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9 Things You Should Know About Liars

You are lied to dozens of times every day. From little white lies such as people telling you they are doing great when in fact they are having a terrible day to serious lies from loved ones and employers that have the potential to change your life, being able to...

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Lie Detection The Course

Do you know when someone is lying to you? We like to think we are great at spotting lies—but on average we can only detect deception with about 54% accuracy. That's barely better than chance! I believe learning how to spot deception is a life skill. We should all know...

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Lie Spotting Quiz

So you think you are good at spotting lies, huh? I am thrilled to test your abilities! Here at the Science of People we LOVE to do original research. This latest experiment is both a test for us and a test for you. Take this quiz and: See how good you are at spotting...

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Sneak Peek: Captivate Table of Contents

Want to know what we cover in my latest book, Captivate? Wait, no longer! Here is a sneak peek... I worked long and hard to figure out how to organize Captivate. We decided to split it up into the levels of every relationship--the first 5 minutes, the first 5 hours,...

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The 6 Best Questions to Ask in An Interview

For my first job interview back in college I was uber prepared for my answers. I had prepped, practiced and scripted. I was ready to tell my stories. But I was NOT ready for this answer: Do you have any questions for me? In fact, she was not asking for an answer, she...

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How to Make Accurate Snap Judgements

When I was doing research for my book Captivate, I wanted to discover why and how people make strong judgements about strangers they’ve just met. Everyone knows that first impressions are important part of this. The question is, how accurate are they? Before digging...

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Book Club Book: Crush It!

Crush It! Why Now is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion By: Gary Vaynerchuk Book Description: Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what...

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I Dare You

Do you dare to be your authentic self, embrace your imperfections, and be openly vulnerable? If so, you’re one of the lucky few who are living a wholehearted life where you are fully engaged in your life and relationships. If not, you’re like...

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Body Language of the Month: Fire Up Your Love Life

This month, in honor of Valentine's Day, we’re focusing on the science of romance. Whether you’re looking for new dates, are in a developing relationship, or are happily partnered with your one true love, we want to help you add new sparks to your love life. Master...

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Why I Always Get the Guacamole

Does this sound familiar? I’m starving—like eat my shirt starving. I see a local Mexican joint and casually sprint towards it. After waiting in line for 3 agonizing minutes as the annoying person in front of me tries to decide to get steak or chicken in their burrito,...

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