Vanessa van edwards

Vanessa Van Edwards is the national bestselling author of Captivate and founder of Science of People.

Vanessa is Lead Investigator at Science of People. She is the bestselling author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People. Her book has been translated into 15 different languages and more than 30 million people watch her on YouTube.

Vanessa shares tangible skills to improve interpersonal communication and leadership, including her insights on how people work. She’s developed a science-based framework for understanding different personalities to improve our EQ and help us communicate with colleagues, clients and customers.

Vanessa works with entrepreneurs, growing businesses, and trillion dollar companies; and has been featured on CNN, BBC, CBS, Fast Company, Inc., Entrepreneur Magazine, USA Today, the Today Show and many more.

Millions visit her website every month for her methods turning “soft skills” into actionable, masterable frameworks that can be applied in daily life. Hundreds of thousands of students have taken her communication courses on Udemy, CreativeLive, LinkedIn and her flagship course People School.

Vanessa is renowned for teaching science-backed people skills to audiences around the world including SxSW, MIT, and CES to name a few.  Her groundbreaking and engaging workshops and courses teach individuals how to succeed in business and life by understanding the hidden dynamics of people.

She regularly speaks to innovative companies including Google, Facebook, Comcast, Miller-Coors, Microsoft, Amazon and Penguin Random-House. She has been a spokesperson for Dove, American Express, Clean and Clear and Symantec.

Corporate Speaking

Vanessa regularly creates custom workshops for the world’s most innovative companies and events.







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Previous speaking engagements include:

Vanessa in the Media

Our research is featured in the world’s leading media outlets.

Vanessa Van Edwards Corporate Speaker

About Science of People

We show you the hidden forces that drive your behavior.

Our goal is to teach you how people work. Understanding people is the most important life skill a person can have. Yet we aren’t taught people skills in school nor do our parents sit us down and teach us how to interact effectively.

But here’s the problem: You can’t succeed in business, life or love without mastering people skills. If you want to get the date, negotiate the sale or influence others you have to understand the science of people. We’ll show you a better way to interact based on the latest scientific research and trends.

Weird facts about Vanessa…

Just for Fun
  • She loves the tea they serve on airplanes more than any other drink.
  • 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).
  • She lives in Austin, TX with her husband.
Reading List
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell *But really everything he has written is great!
  • Popular Science
  • Psychology Today
  • Scientific American
  • The Week Magazine
Her Netflix List
  • Lie to Me *Vanessa was trained by the man this show was based on–Dr. Paul Ekman!
  • The Mentalist
  • Elementary
  • The Bachelor (terrible I know!)
  • I Love Lucy
  • Anything in the category “British Drama with a Strong Female Lead”