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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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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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, Science of People, is to find patterns in human behavior. We recently examined 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...

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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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