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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:


Testimonials from the Science of People Community

As you know, here at the Science of People, we talk a lot about interpersonal intelligence or PQ. So my colleague, Danielle Baker, and I decided to do a little video on the other hidden benefits of PQ. Most people just think of social skills or friends,...

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Book Club Book: The Relationship Cure

The Relationship Cure: A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family and Friendships  By: Dr. John Gottman and Joan DeClaire Book Description:  From the country’s foremost relationship expert and New York Times bestselling author Dr. John M. Gottman comes a...

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Do You Know This Song?

Are you ready for a science challenge?  In the video below, I am going to clap out a few songs for you and I want you to guess the songs I'm clapping. Ready? Let's play:  Most people think they can do very well on this challenge, but in actuality, they...

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Is it Better to Be Loved or Feared?

Is it better to be loved or feared? We asked our Twitter followers this question. 89% of our followers said it was better to be loved than feared. Only 11% said it is better to be feared. Find out what the science has to say in this video. Researchers Joseph Folkman...

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What is an Intrapreneur?

Do you fantasize about becoming an entrepreneur but love the company you’re working for and would hate to leave it? You don’t have to start your own business to have an entrepreneurial career. Instead, become an intrapreneur. The term “intrapreneurship” was first...

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Never Ask These 5 Stupid Questions

In school you may have been told that there is no such thing as a dumb question. I hate to break it to you, but you were lied to. As much as I believe education is important and a great tool to help you become more successful, it offers students a serious disservice...

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Master the Art (and Science) of Networking

We chatted with Southwest Magazine this month on the secrets to making better connections. Check it out: Master the Art (and Science) of Networking Behavioral expert Vanessa Van Edwards reveals the secrets to making better connections. What's the best way to work a...

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Career Development Plan

As a professional--entrepreneur, intrapreneur or aspiring, how often do you develop goals surrounding your career? How often do you use active energy to think about how you want to evolve and grow professionally?  It's easy to get swept into the day-to-day...

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People Workflow

In the modern workplace, there's a palpable buzz of productivity, projects and people. How often, however, do you stop to think about how your individual workflow is affected by the people around you?    Our unique workflows and our to-do lists are actually not all...

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Book Club Book: Beyond Reason

Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate  By: Roger Fisher  Book Description:  In Getting to Yes, renowned educator and negotiator Roger Fisher presented a universally applicable method for effectively negotiating personal and professional disputes. Building on...

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Why We Love to Hate Certain Celebrities

Why do certain actors rub us wrong while other celebs steal our love? Hating Anne Hathaway has become a national pastime. But no one can get enough of Jennifer Lawrence. Ben Affleck was selected as one of the most hated celebrities of 2016,...

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The Science of Vocal Power

When preparing for public speaking events, most people carefully plan out what they’re going to say, wear, what presentation aids they’re going to use and even what body language they are going to display. The one thing that people often forget to take care of is...

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How to Read Someone’s Eyes

When you first meet someone, do you stare into their eyes?  There's an old saying, "the eyes are the windows to the soul" -- sound familiar? We say, it's not wrong! We can tell a lot about someone based on their eye contact, especially hidden...

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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 Book

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 stunning, because...

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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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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% of citizens...

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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...

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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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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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