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Incredible workshops, keynotes,  and retreats that have attendees raving.

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Engaging presentations for thriving organizations

Vanessa’s dynamic presentations will leave attendees motivated, inspired and ready for change. Vanessa combines the latest research with powerful stories to build engaging keynotes and workshops.

Our interactive presentations will be the highlight of your event

Speaking Topics

Vanessa customizes each presentation according to your audience and event goals. Vanessa can also work with event coordinators to tailor timing from 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on your needs. Below is a list of Vanessa’s most requested topics and her core messages.

Change Yourself, Change the World

This is a talk for business leaders or soon to be managers. Whether you are a new manager, an entrepreneur, a c-suite executive or have not even realized you are a leader yet, this talk will change your life. Vanessa dives into the latest science of leadership and behavior change. She weaves fascinating research with hilarious stories to captivate her audiences. In this TED Talk-style presentation attendees will be motivated, inspired and have real skills they can put into action. Vanessa will explore strategies leaders have not heard before.

  • The 3 steps highly motivated people use to change their behavior
  • The body language of leaders
  • How to combat fear with confidence
  • What an incredible neuroscience study can teach us about how to think like a leader
  • Why every leader should know about the Swan Effect

Vanessa can tailor the curriculum to help leaders in each audience get the most impact.

Captivate Everyone You Meet and Never Be Forgotten, Overlooked or Interrupted Again

This is not your typical motivational speech. Vanessa will help your audience transform their fears into confidence using fascinating science. Vanessa blends powerful research with hilarious stories to help attendees be more authentically charismatic. From battling impostor syndrome to combating self-doubt, Vanessa’s personal stories and unique research inspires attendees in a whole new way. Every attendee will walk away feeling both motivated and ready to take action with Vanessa’s step-by-step framework. Vanessa dives into the strategies from her best-selling book Captivate, and covers brand new research. Including:

  •  How to make a memorable first impression
  • The (surprising) science of charisma
  • Stopping self-doubt
  • How to get people out of auto-pilot
  • How to talk to anyone and have captivating conversations
  • How to read people and uncover hidden emotions
  • How to stop getting interrupted

The Power of Body Language

Do you know how to read people? In this talk, Vanessa will dive into the secret science of people and how they work. Attendees will learn how to leverage nonverbal and verbal communication tactics to improve their charisma, presence and confidence. From first impressions to elevator pitches to bonding with people, everyone needs to know the 5 basic nonverbal laws. Vanessa can also talk about human lie detection and speed-reading people. In this lively workshop, attendees will practice new body language skills and communication tactics to put them into action. Vanessa will dive into:

  • How to make a confident first impression with everyone you meet
  • The 5 power body language laws
  • The two main components of communication and how to leverage them
  • How to read hidden emotions
  • The body language of leaders

Opening Keynote: Success Starts NOW

Start your event with a powerful call to action. Vanessa kicks your event off with an impactful motivational talk that will inspire attendees. Vanessa gives audience members practical tips they can use to bond and learn during the event while also getting them excited for what’s to come. From hilarious stories, to surprising tips, to tweetable moments, this talk is designed to be the perfect start to any event (and will have attendees buzzing about your event right from the start). Vanessa is happy to tailor the keynote to your conference theme and customize the curriculum to set attendees up for a successful event.

Closing Keynote: Stay Motivated

The end is just the beginning. The best way to end an incredible event, is with a powerful closing keynote. In this talk, Vanessa helps attendees take action on everything they learned and be motivated to take their next steps. This talk is designed to get attendees laughing and learning together. Make sure your attendees get value to the very last moment of your event. Vanessa will set the audience up for success with one last inspirational push that will get attendees excited for their next steps (and possibly even next year!). Vanessa is happy to tailor the keynote to your conference theme and customize the curriculum to successfully close your event.

Reserve your date

Workshops and keynotes are in demand with limited availability. We encourage early bookings as soon as dates are known.

Live Training

Vanessa delivers presentations tailor made to fit any need. Her dynamic live presentations can supercharge your offsite, conference or meeting. Vanessa combines TED-Talk style engagement with science backed strategies to give attendees actionable tips they can use right away.

  • Keynotes
  • Half-day trainings
  • Full-day trainings
  • Corporate retreats, offsites & conferences
  • Custom events

Virtual Training

Do you have a remote team? If you have a virtual team or hybrid workplace you need Vanessa’s virtual team training. In Vanessa’s virtual trainings she will lead remote attendees in her powerful communication methodology. These engaging live or recorded online workshops are for teams of all sizes and can be tailored for your group’s goals.

  • Lunch and Learns
  • Webinars
  • Virtual Team Trainings
  • Virtual Offsites
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How It Works

Step #1: Reserve a Date

Fill out the form below to confirm Vanessa’s availability and get initial pricing.

Step #2: Submit Deposit

Once a deposit is submitted your date is confirmed. Your team and Vanessa will touch base before the event to confirm your objectives and learn about your group.

Step #3: Have an amazing event

Vanessa bring her science backed approach and energy to make your event memorable. Our goal is to have your attendees raving!

Reserve your date

Workshops and keynotes are in demand with limited availability. We encourage early bookings as soon as dates are known.

Need a Keynote Speaker in Austin, TX?

Vanessa is based in Austin, Texas and loves speaking locally in and around Austin. Previously a speaker at SXSW she is happy to be the keynote speaker at your Austin event or for your Austin based company. Vanessa loves to tailor her speaking and presentations to your group (and can always throw in a few local Austin jokes as well). Discounts are available for events in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston.

Reviews for Vanessa

That was the fastest 3 hour presentation I’ve ever attended. Terrific! Dan Condie

Solutions Architect, Demand Solutions Group

The presentation was both interesting and valuable. I have received many compliments on you as a speaker.

Steven T. Seguin

Chief Operating Officer, Sussman Shank LLP

Vanessa Van Edwards’ speech to our club of hundreds was a welcome break from the standard speech.  It was always engaging, at times uproariously funny and very informative.  As I looked at the audience, everyone was leaning forward and feeling each moment together. We all came away feeling more light-hearted and armed with insights about human behavior that we didn’t know at the beginning.  It was a treat to hear her speak!

Mike Pendergast

Business Development Consultant, Rotary International

Vanessa is a dynamic and polished speaker. Everyone who joined her presentation on “Reading Your Audience” enjoyed her practical tips on gauging honesty and interest through non-verbal cues. Her photo and video examples brought the subject to life, and it was well-tailored to the group and time frame. We would definitely ask her back for more presentations.

Emily Ediger

Marketing Assistant, Portland State University Business Accelerator

Vanessa’s presentation to our group was informative, educational and fun. Everyone loved the topic’s that she made and all agreed that it would be useful in their jobs and daily lives. I did not realize that people’s body language could tell you so much by detecting certain things to look for, Everyone could use these tools that she presented.

Nancy Swaffield

Conference Chairman, Credit Professionals International

We have had such amazing feedback from Vanessa’s presentation! Our group loved the presentation and found it both informative and entertaining. Vanessa is a great speaker and presenter and tailored the stories, tips and science to our group. I highly recommend her for any event and group.

Daniela Anjos Rigsby

Process Engineer, Lam Research

Please send my huge, gigantic thanks onto Vanessa.  She rocked once again!  Her presentation was lively, informational, extremely helpful, great fun, entertaining and just the best. All the members and guests were thrilled and people asked that we have her return to the Town Club down the road.  Many also stated once again, she is the best speaker we have had.  The books were sold out and I believe many guests will be looking into more of her work online.  I hope that might lead to some of them signing up for classes.  We so appreciate her time, effort and kindness that she has given so freely.

Barbara Francis

I just wanted to let you know that all throughout the conference, people were talking about your keynote and how great it was. I also heard from many long time attendees that it was the best keynote we have ever had and that it was especially great that your message gave us all something to work on and try immediately during the conference

Doug Baker

Director of Personnel Services, Santa Clara County Fire Department

Vanessa’s presentation got rave reviews from my team. Her presentation style is so engaging and entertaining that I believe everyone in any job function will get something extremely useful out of it.

Monica Enand

Founder, Zapproved

As an expert in human behavior research and body language, Vanessa Van Edwards was the ‘WOW factor’ we needed to close out the 2016 Texas WIC Nutrition & Breastfeeding Conference. After two full days of educational sessions, our 600-plus attendees were engaged and absolutely mesmerized by Van Edwards’ ability to translate scientific and personal studies into a powerful, interactive and humorous presentation on excelling as leaders to succeed in business and in life. Van Edwards didn’t come with an in-the-can presentation – she tailored it perfectly to our audience of women, infant and children providers. Feedback from our attendees was excellent!

Kari Robillard

Event Coordinator, Swift Solutions

Vanessa Van Edwards provides an informative and entertaining presentation on reading non-verbal cues in our clients, our colleagues and ourselves.  She recently had the sales staffs from all divisions of the Neil Kelly company laughing, note-taking, and eagerly anticipating future work meetings where they would be able to practice their newfound  skills.  Now, several months later, her presentation is still recalled as one of the highest-rated presentations of the last five years.

Randy Hudson

VP Sales, Neil Kelly Company

We all were blown away with the great information that was applicable to our business. You provided much discussion through out the rest of our sessions and outings.  The information was just perfect, I know that everyone regardless of their specific role had some great take aways, not only the work related ones, but for their personal life as well. Thank you so much for your work on this, it really made our overall event great and one we will be talking about for years to come.

Susan Filyau

Partner, Demand Solutions Group

Vanessa inspired our membership with her artful delivery of an incredibly useful set of tactics to level up communication, leadership and teamwork. This was a “science” workshop that moved everyone from the lab to the edge of their seats. It provided insights that could be applied immediately. We only had an hour keynote with Vanessa and we wish we could have had more!

Sue Parham

Board Member, Women's Center for Leadership

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