PRofessional development for all

Increase your confidence, charisma, and authenticity — at work and in life. Develop world-class people skills through Science of People’s fun and research-based courses, books and other products.

Learn to build trust, spark excitement, and open new opportunities today.

Online Training Programs

Advanced Interpersonal Communication Training

People School is a science-based interpersonal communication training program. It’s designed to help you advance your career, stand out from your peers, and give you the communication foundation you need to develop purposeful, powerful, and authentic people skills.

Presentation Skills Training

Learn to captivate any audience on stage, on video and in meetings in this livestream training.

Together, let’s build, hone, and perfect your presentation skills. Let’s get people talking about your ideas.

Microexpression Training

Our latest training – coming soon!

How to Be a Human Lie Detector

Never miss a lie again. Learn how to spot deception and uncover hidden emotions. Follow our science-backed framework and unlock the secret language of lies.

Books

Captivate: The Science of Succeeding With People

You need to know how people work. As a human behavior investigator, Vanessa Van Edwards studies the hidden forces that drive our behavior patterns in her lab—and she’s cracked the code. In Captivate she shares a wealth of valuable shortcuts, systems and behavior hacks for taking charge of their interactions at work, at home, and in any social situation. These aren’t the people skills you learned in school.

Cues: Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication

For anyone who wants to be heard at work, earn that overdue promotion, or win more clients, deals, and projects, the bestselling author of Captivate, Vanessa Van Edwards, shares her advanced guide to improving professional relationships through the power of cues.

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How to Fight Burnout: 3 Steps to Get Unstuck

Do you need a reset? In this training, Vanessa will give you her 3 steps for preventing and curing burnout. If you are feeling dread, anxiety, or boredom it might be time to try something different. Let us help!

How to Deal with Difficult People at Work

Do you have colleagues whom you dread working with? A toxic boss? I want to teach you my framework for transforming your difficult relationships into productive ones (or at least managing them well!). Learn how to spot, contain, and transform your difficult people.

How to be Likable Without Being Inauthentic

You do not have to pretend to be outgoing to be likable. Introverts, ambiverts, and compassionate extroverts can be likable AND authentic. Being likable is one of the most important people skills for your success. When you are more likable, EVERYTHING becomes easier. You have better conversations, you are more productive, and people enjoy being with you.

Amazing Conversation in 3 Steps

Are you tired of small talk? There is a science to having sparkling conversation with everyone you meet, without feeling drained or fake. These three steps will help you never run out of things to say or have an awkward silence again.

How to Set Better Goals Using Science

Do you always achieve your goals? If you have missed your goals or feel you are under-performing to your potential, then it is time you learn our science-backed framework for goal-setting. Never miss a goal again.

Virtual Workplaces and How to Thrive Remotely

Do you know how to be charismatic on video chat? How to be productive while working at home? In this workshop, Vanessa will transform your work-at-home day to be more successful, satisfying, and productive.