Master your people skills.

Feel confident in every interaction,
in every conversation,
and create new opportunities.

The only science-based interpersonal communication training for top performers. Rapidly build trust, communicate assertively and stand out from your peers in every interaction.

Hi, I'm Vanessa Van Edwards, best-selling author of <em>Captivate, the Science of Succeeding with People</em> and founder at Science of People.
Hi, I’m Vanessa Van Edwards, best-selling author of Captivate, the Science of Succeeding with People and founder at Science of People.

More than 100 businesses — including Fortune 500 companies such as Google, American Express, and Intel, have hired me for one purpose: to help people succeed through the art and science of advanced communication.

I created People School so I could bring this career enhancing training to incredible individuals like you.

Our students come from companies large and small in more than 50 countries.

12 Advanced Skills. 12 Powerful Secrets.

Here’s what you’ll learn in People School:

Skill 1: The Charisma Formula

Make a great first impression every time. I share my relationship operating system for all of your interactions.

Skill 2: Powerfully Share Ideas

Get the results you want from your interactions — every time. Get people to take notice of your ideas.

Skill 3: Be Engaging

Learn to be engaging on video, in person, and in writing. Master the nonverbal cues of trust and power.


Start interesting conversations, keep them going, and pitch your ideas in a way that leaves people curious and excited.


Rapidly build trust and mutual rapport for lasting and meaningful relationships.

SKILL 6: Communicate with POWER

Be taken seriously, interrupted less, and command authority and respect.


Be more magnetic, memorable, and likable in any situation.

Skill 8: Decode People

Improve your emotional intelligence. Read cues to eliminate confusion, and connect with anyone.

Skill 9: Master Conversation

Move beyond small talk to create powerful connections and never run out of things to say.

Skill 10: Assert Yourself

Develop social assertiveness and get what you need and want out of interactions.

Skill 11: Increase Your Influence

Lead with authority and authenticity and get your ideas adopted.

Skill 12: Strengthen Connections

Become indispensable at work and thrive on a team, or leading a team.

Live Workshops with Vanessa

Every month Vanessa hosts a live workshop, exclusively for People School students, with the latest people skills science and timely advice so the learning never stops. Ask your own personal questions, practice with real life examples, and learn in real time.

Course Overview

How many of these statements sound like you?

  • You have great ideas, but have trouble getting them adopted. (And the typical elevator pitch makes your skin crawl!)
  • You know you’re incredibly talented, but dread asking for a raise, raising your rates or negotiating for what you know you deserve.
  • You have trouble saying no — to events that drain you, to social obligations and to toxic people.
  • You are often under-appreciated for your hard work because you don’t always know how to showcase your strengths.
  • You want a strong network with high quality contacts without having to go to a networking event every single night of the week (or be a smarmy salesman).
  • You want to have influence without being inauthentic.
  • You’ve already achieved a certain degree of success, but you know you can do much more. Now you’re ready for the next level, but aren’t sure what steps to take next. (This doesn’t mean you aren’t busy! In fact, your to do list is jam packed, but your 5 year plan is worryingly ambiguous.)

If these statements sound like you, I want to help.

Here’s the problem: Most of us have not been given all the communication tools we need to succeed. We learned technical skills and job skills in school, but were barely given any communication skills training. No matter how talented you are, you cannot succeed if you can’t interview effectively, negotiate your worth, or be indispensable on a team.

I want you to be recognized for your talents. I want to get your ideas heard. I want you to be paid what you deserve. To do this, I have created the ultimate people skills training. People School will teach you all the soft skills you were never taught in school.

My goal is to give you a foundation for effective communication you can use for the rest of your life to help you achieve your mission, up your impact and share your ideas with the world.

How it works…

1. Information Session

Have more questions about People School? Watch the information session I recorded (and I teach for free as well) and you’ll know even more about People School.

2. Enroll

When you’re ready, enroll in People School to get instant access to all the modules, bonuses and regular live office hours with Vanessa so you can ask personal questions.

3. Start Learning

Once you’re enrolled, watch each of the 12 video modules at your own pace, from wherever you want. You never lose access, and can watch as many times as you need!

What you get

The 12 Video Skills

Each video skill is packed with fascinating research, real life case studies, and exercises. At the end of each Skill Vanessa walks you through 3 challenges to activate your new knowledge.

The Workbook

Get 150+ pages of customized worksheets and templates as an instantly downloadable PDF to follow along with lessons. We’ll also ship a custom printed workbook (and some other goodies) to you so you can follow along in real life.

People School on many devices

People School is completely virtual

Access every module, every Office Hours, every bonus anywhere you have an internet connection. From your laptop, tablet or even use our People School app on the go.

Is People School right for you?

After working with thousands of students, we’ve learned a lot about who can truly benefit from People School.

People School is right for you if:

  • You’re driven to get more out of life and want the one universal skill that will help you, regardless of where your future takes you.
  • You want to strategically improve your communication, relationships, and the way you’re perceived — and you’re willing to spend 1-2 hours a week to get there.
  • You’ve tried improving your communication in the past and are ready to accelerate the process by getting help.
  • You’re willing to try new things and expand your comfort zone.
  • You’re tired of just getting information and want a plan for implementing things so you can truly change.

People School is NOT for you if:

  • You want to learn how to manipulate people: We teach you how to be the best, most authentic version of yourself when you communicate, not how to play mind games with other people. If you’re here to learn how to “trick” people, you’re going to be sorely disappointed.
  • You want a “quick fix”: Every skill we teach, we leave time and space to turn it into an actionable part of your People Development Plan — your personal step-by-step plan for applying the knowledge. But it only works if you do the work. If you aren’t willing to do the work to make a lasting change, please don’t join. We want to work with committed students.
  • You aren’t willing to commit 1-3 hours a week: The course gives you lifelong access and you can take it at your own speed, that said, we recommend spending an hour or two a week on it until you’re done.

What students say about People School

Join students from more than 50 countries in the People School alumni network.

I love the science behind each skill! Positive priming stood out for me and I’m already using it everywhere – such a great skill. As a whole the course taught me: ‘how to be the best me I can possibly be’ – the journey is not over yet & I will definitely watch this over and over, picking up the finer nuances each time.

Thank you for an AMAZING course!


This course was worth every penny and every minute invested. I feel encouraged by what I’ve accomplished up to starting people school. I’m realizing I have good people instincts. And now, after People School, I am seeing where I have been operating in the dark – where my blind spots are – and that’s so valuable.

Monique A.

GOT THE JOB!!! $30k more per year, less hours, more vacation, better bonuses and less BS. Thank you.

For the first time in years, I got a review at work that said I’m exceeding expectations!

You have freed me from the bondage of ‘introvert’. I wish I had learned this a long time ago. But I have hope now. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Several people came up to me and said they were impressed with how engaging and confident I seemed. That would have never happened before.

All of my arguments are resolving much faster now.

Not only do I know what to do now, I actually *like* doing the things that People School has taught me!

This was a great course, I just wanted to say in the past would obsess over doing things differently in conversations or interactions including emails. I never knew why I would write an email 3 or 4 times before sending it but this course put a label on it. It helped me understand that the things I had been doing was right but now I have a structure or plan to follow that I understand and do with purpose. I feel that I can start working on getting my point across in interactions much easier. Thank you for the course.

I will be watching the skills many times over as there is a lot of information to soak up. Thank you again!


I’ve been able to close all 5 of my offers this week. I would have never imagined a 100% close rate!

I can see in people’s eyes when I speak to them now, that they’re actually listening. They aren’t just waiting to talk.

I’m seriously high on dopamine after nailing my first keynote speech at a business women’s luncheon. And I attribute much of the success to my learnings already on this course.

I have finally been accepted to my program of choice at school. During that process, I did try to prime every email I sent out, and used a lot more hand gestures during my interviews. Knowing that I have a good plan, vs. wondering if I should do this or that, certainly had a big impact on my confidence. And I think confidence makes all the difference.

People are actually saying “Yes” to my ideas, and when I invite them to go do things with me on the weekends and after work.

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30-Day, 100% Satisfaction, Risk-Free Guarantee:

After years of developing and testing with thousands of students, I’m so confident that this course will provide powerful results that I offer an unbeatable guarantee:

Take the entire course, and if you’re not satisfied, get every penny back.

I’m certain that this is the absolute best social skills course out there — my students often come to me having tried everything else.

I’ve spent over 10 years researching, testing, developing, and tweaking this training program based on the feedback I’ve received. It’s helped homeschooled adults from rural Iowa land jobs at Fortune 500 companies. It’s helped entrepreneurs get funding in half the time they expected. And it will work for you.

My guarantee is simple: Take the course, implement the exercises, and see what happens. If you’re not satisfied with the results, email me and show me you did the work, and I’ll give you every cent back.

Of course, I ask that you do the exercises and practice in your daily life, because I know how powerful the results are. If you passively consume the information but don’t implement it, the program won’t work. But I guarantee that if you do the work, you’ll feel better about your social skills and relationships than you ever have before — and you’ll finally have the skills to open up new opportunities.

Here’s what you’ll get when you enroll:

  • 100% Virtual Access: You can access People School from anywhere in the world, anytime you want. Go at your own pace and never lose access. If you have an upcoming presentation three years from now, you can rewatch the videos and use the workbook again and again to refresh your skills.
  • The 12 Core Skills for Interpersonal Communication: Each video skill is packed with fascinating research, real-life case studies, and helpful exercises. At the end of each skill, you walk through 3 challenges to activate your new knowledge.
  • The Workbook: Get instant access to 150+ pages of customized worksheets and templates as a downloadable PDF to follow along with lessons. We’ll also ship you a custom printed workbook so you can follow along in real life.
  • Live Office Hours with Vanessa: Every month Vanessa shares the latest people skills science and timely advice so the learning never stops. Ask your own personal questions, practice with real life examples, and learn in real time.
  • Q & A Coaching: Not only will you get to see the Q&A’s of other students, you have the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback on any of the 12 skills.
  • 18 Exclusive Bonuses: When you enroll today, you get amazing extra bonuses to help you improve your people skills:
    • How to Rock Your Next Video Call: Are you doing more and more video calls these days? I created an entire bonus on my favorite video call tips and tricks.
    • Cold Approach: Learn to walk up to any group, network with people you don’t know, and talk to strangers like friends.
    • How to Ask for a Raise or Raise Your Rates: Use my formula to get paid what you’re worth and reduce the anxiety of asking.
    • Find Your People: Learn to build your network—even from scratch, how to refresh a neglected network, and how to get more high-quality contacts.
    • How to Work a Stage video tutorial: Refine your public speaking skills, improve your stage presence, and look more confident in front of groups—all while reducing speaking anxiety.
    • How to Take the Perfect Profile photo PDF: Make a great digital first impression with our profile picture tutorial. Save this for when you need to refresh yours.
    • BONUS Captivate Chapter: Get my conversation blueprint swipe file and the insider resources that jump started my career.
    • Social Exercises Blueprint: Practice your new skills and wield them like an expert.
    • 3 Step Sequence to Eliminate Stage Fright: My friend Roger Love (world renowned voice coach to stars like Bradley Cooper, Selena Gomez, and Tony Robbins to name a few) has gifted EVERY single People School student with a free copy of his 3 Step Sequence to Eliminate Stage Fright Course (a $497 value!).
    • Social Meditation: Get in the right mindset before any social event.
    • The Relationship Planner: Do you wish you had a way to organize your relationships? This planner is a great add on to the course.
    • A bonus especially for Healthcare Workers! Do you see patients or clients? We did some research especially for you.

Frequently Asked Questions…

After working with thousands of students, we know there’s some common questions people have about People School. We’re here to help you answer them:

Can I get reimbursed by my work?

Some employers offer tuition reimbursements or allow you to use education credit. We provide a receipt for reimbursement if you want to try submitting to your manager or HR department for reimbursement. And you’re welcome to send this PDF to your HR person. It never hurts to ask!

How long does it take to get through the course?

You have lifetime access, so you can go at whatever speed you want to go. People typically complete the course in 15-20 hours.

What if I’m here to learn how to have better friendships and romantic relationships?

That’s great! People School will absolutely help with that, but it’s geared towards helping you succeed in your professional life. If you decide to apply it in your personal life, it can create dramatic transformations there, too.

Can I take the course if I live in Finland, Mexico, etc.?

Absolutely! The course is online, so you can access it from anywhere in the world.

Can you ship the workbook to my country?

Yes, we can ship your workbook to anywhere in the world.

How long will I have access to the course?

You have lifetime access to the course and automatically get access to all bonus materials. You’ll get also 12 months of access to our Live monthly workshops!

Can I take People School with a friend or purchase for my organization?

Yes, we offer significant discounts for those looking to purchase more than one seat for People School. Please reach out to us for details and we’d be happy to help.

Do you offer discounts?

Yes, we offer significant discounts for first responders and veterans around the world. Please reach out to us with your proof of status and we’d be happy to help you get started.

Don’t see your question answered here? Email [email protected] and we’ll happily answer them for you.

What kind of people join People School?

We have students from over 50 different countries and companies of all sizes, including entrepreneurs. Most of our students identify as:

Adventurous Introverts: By joining People School, they learn how to be heard without being loud and how to be in control of social interactions while wielding their own unique brand of confidence. Joining People School helps them understand how to intentionally create great conversations and relationships, improve how they’re perceived (even if they don’t change how much or how loud they speak) and become the best version of themselves.

Ambitious Intrapreneurs: By joining People School, they learn how to get more out of relationships, work, and life. They learn how to optimize and highlight their natural strengths without having to fake it or force it — and finally figure out why they can perform so well in some situations and get flustered in others. (And are able to intentionally perform well whenever they want to.) Joining People School shows them how to build on what they already know to get the most powerful results possible.

Goal-Oriented Entrepreneurs: These folks often know they’re good with people, but don’t know why. Entrepreneurs and extroverts gain the knowledge of what they’re doing, why it works, and how to do it more often. Paired with their natural love of people, People School helps them turn something that comes effortlessly into a super-charged skill that helps them succeed.

Where do you want to be
6 months from now?

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Change takes changing. And if you want your life to look and feel different, you have to do something differently. You don’t have to do everything differently today; you just have to take one step toward a new direction.

When I was first started my career, I would have never thought my life would be where it is today. Communication skills are powerful and have made my life better in countless ways — but it didn’t all happen at once.

I sincerely hope that if you’ve been struggling to find your groove in work or in life; if you’ve been feeling stuck in your career; if you’ve been constantly questioning if you did or said the right thing; or if you just want to get out of the passenger seat and intentionally drive your life forward — that you invest in the one skill that will help you get more out of life no matter what you do.

What you do today will change what your future looks like 6 months from now. I know, because I’ve seen it happen for thousands of students all over the world. And I’ve seen it happen in my own life.

I believe that things can be different for you. And I believe that the first step in seizing control of  your opportunities is taking this course.

Whether you want to flourish within your company, start a company of your own, or simply communicate with purpose and authenticity — This is your chance.

I hope to see you inside.

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