A workshop with Vanessa will transform your business

Book a Private Workshop with Vanessa:

Vanessa is happy to come to your company, group or organization for a custom presentation. As a Huffington Post columnist, Vanessa has consulted for Fortune 500 companies including American Express, Kaiser, Dove and Comcast and many others:

Her unique approach has been featured on CNNNPR and Forbes. Vanessa has presented her groundbreaking research around the world including selling out the Bagdad Theater, presenting at MIT and the Consumer Electronics Show. She has presented at SXSW Interactive with a 2.5 hour sold-out workshop. Here’s one of our students, Camille Hollingsworth, sharing her story of working with Vanessa:

I love speaking to groups and have traveled the world for 8 years as a corporate trainer. My training is nothing like any class you’ve ever been to. It will change your perspective, your influence and your bottom line.   –Vanessa Van Edwards

Vanessa is currently taking bookings in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.


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Types of Workshops:

51ABrFM4CtFUHnZVNSEnZBm_kA3MRYwagXBOHaUwWz8 Vanessa is comfortable with a number of different formats and is happy to tailor to your needs:

  • Keynotes (1 hour to 3 hour)
  • 1 Day Trainings
  • 3 Day Trainings
  • Corporate Retreats
  • Weeklong Workshops



Vanessa loves to craft presentations for her groups. She frequently tailors her presentations for these groups:

  • Sales Teams
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Managers
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Teachers
  • Professionals
  • Parents

Here are her most popular topics:

The Power of Body Language

Untitled design Do you know the science of nonverbal communication? In this talk Vanessa Van Edwards will delve into how to use body language to communicate, influence and connect with others in the professional environment. Body language science can also help attendees understand how to decode emotions, uncover truth and increase the accuracy of work place communication. Participants will be able to use these tips both inside and outside the office. This science-based talk will be lively, entertaining and have actionable tips. Specifically, Vanessa will cover:

  • How to Decode Hidden Emotions
  • Power Nonverbal for Pitches, Partnerships & Presence
  • How to Make a Lasting First Impressions
  • Optional: The Science of Human Lie Detection

The Science of Leadership

The Science of leadership Are leaders born or made? In this talk Vanessa explores the latest neuroscience, behavioral economics and psychology research of leadership. Most importantly, Vanessa helps attendees turn the science into practical tips. Whether she is speaking to managers, employees, teachers or Doctors everyone needs to know how to harness the power of leadership. Specifically, Vanessa will cover:

  • How to Speak so People Will Listen
  • The Psychology of Influence
  • 5 Ways to Think Like a Leader

PQ is the New IQ

PQ is the new IQ The science is clear: When we have higher interpersonal intelligence, we earn more income, we take less sick days, we feel more bonded to our team and we are more loyal to our companies. But how can we improve interpersonal intelligence? In this talk Vanessa goes through a series of activities to increase participants PQ immediately. This includes communication strategies, relationship builders and speed-reading clients and colleagues. It’s one not to be missed! Specifically, Vanessa will cover:

  • The 5 Factors of Personality
  • How to Speed Read People
  • The Science of Charisma

The Science of Teams

The Science of Teams-2 In this workshop Vanessa helps teams reset priorities, change communication patterns and develop deeper bonds. As a 3-hour mini-workshop or a 3 day corporate retreat Vanessa will lead team members on fascinating activities, exploratory exercises and tackle goals and agenda for the year ahead. Vanessa works with team leaders and managers to not only solve existing team issues but also set tailor-made strategic plans for the future. Participants will learn the groundbreaking new science of teamwork and how to benefit from it. Specifically, Vanessa will cover:

  • The Psychology of Team Dynamics
  • How to Increase Communication Effectiveness
  • Building Rapport & Loyalty

The Science of Happiness

Science of Happiness Vanessa completed a groundbreaking experiment on the science of Happiness and now she wants to teach it to you. She found that the happiest people have a secret. They approach happiness, daily tasks and life satisfaction in a completely new way. Vanessa will teach participants how to increase their happiness levels both at home and in the workplace with a personalized action plan. While the science of happiness is not obvious, it is easy to implement once attendees know what to do. Specifically, Vanessa will cover:

  • The 10 Pillars of Happiness
  • The Biggest Happiness Myths
  • A Happy Action Plan

Want to ask your boss about bringing Vanessa? We crafted a pitch letter for you.



Online Workshops:

We have a number of online workshops you can attend at any time, at your own pace and at any location. Our most popular online workshop is Lie Detection The Course. Check out all of our online course offerings.



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  • Written for Forbes
  • Featured on NPR
  • Written for The Week
  • Written for CNN
  • Written for Fast Company
  • Appeared on The Today Show, CNN with Ali Velshi, CNN with Dr. Drew, Fox News, Kcal News, AMNW, KATU 2 News
  • Quoted in Inc Magazine, US Weekly, USA Today, Good Housekeeping, Teen Vogue, The Washington Post, NPR, Seattle Times, Men’s Health
  • Monthly guest on AMNW morning show



Vanessa has done hundreds of podcasts and LOVES chatting with the most interesting people about research, behavior and life. Here are a few of our favorites you can listen to:

Notable Past Workshops:

  • Keynote Speaker, World Domination Summit 2017
  • TEDx London Speaker
  • Speaker, Facebook UK June 2017
  • SXSW 2015, Interactive Workshop
  • OMSI Science Pub Night Keynote Speaker
  • Panelist Consumer Electronic Show Speaker
  • Presented Research at MIT, Sandbox Summit
  • Keynote, TD Williamson Sales Conference Latin America, February 2015
  • Speaker, MillerCoors October 2014
  • Speaker Portland State University, Honors Business Program
  • Keynote Speaker, American Student Dental Association, November 2014
  • Speaker University of Oregon, October 2014
  • Speaker for Mittleman Jewish Community Center November 2014
  • Speaker Portland New Generations Rotary
  • Speaker Portland Pearl Rotary
  • Neil Kelly Company, March 2013
  • Portland State University Business Accelerator, 2012
  • PIE Incubator, 2013


Rave Reviews:

“That was the fastest 3 hour presentation I’ve ever attended. Terrific!” -Dan Condie, Demand Solutions Group “The presentation was both interesting and valuable. I have received many compliments on you as a speaker.” -Steven T. Seguin, Sussman Shank LLP “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 of Zapproved  “Just two weeks after I took a course with Vanessa Van Edwards I met my dream man! 1 year later we are still going strong–thank you so much Vanessa!” – Anna Z

More Outstanding Testimonials

“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’ 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 and Rotarian   

“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   

“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, Portland State University Business Accelerator   

“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, Demand Solutions Group 

“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, Lam Research

“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, Women’s Center for Leadership

“Vanessa was the keynote speaker for our Women Living a Richer Life Summit. Her PQ is the new IQ presentation rocked the house and got rave reviews! It was funny, informative and inspiring! Vanessa is wonderful and I highly recommend her.” –Michelle Williams, Program Manager, Women Living a Richer Life

“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, Town Club


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