Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People by Vanessa Van Edwards

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Vanessa Van Edwards is an American behavioral investigator, public speaker and body language trainer. Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People is a self-help book published in April 2017. Discover her biography, her book, as well as ratings and reviews about it.

Vanessa Van Edwards was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2007.

Vanessa runs a human behavior research lab where she uncovers the hidden forces that drive our behavior called the Science of People. She is fascinated by body language, leadership and charisma, and writes about these topics for CNN, Fast Company and Forbes. She also writes a monthly column for Entrepreneur Magazine and the Huffington Post. Her innovative work has been featured on NPR, Business Week and USA Today.

She signed the books Human Lie Detection and Body Language 101 and Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I’m Grounded with Plume with her maiden name, Vanessa Van Petten.

Her book Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People is a self-help book published in April 2017.


Do you feel awkward at networking events? Do you wonder what your date really thinks of you? Do you wish you could decode people? You need to learn the science of people.

As a human behavior hacker, Vanessa Van Edwards created a research lab to study the hidden forces that drive us. And she’s cracked the code. In Captivate, she shares shortcuts, systems, and secrets for taking charge of your interactions at work, at home, and in any social situation. These aren’t the people skills you learned in school. This is the first comprehensive, science backed, real life manual on how to captivate anyone—and a completely new approach to building connections.

Just like knowing the formulas to use in a chemistry lab, or the right programming language to build an app, Captivate provides simple ways to solve people problems. You’ll learn, for example…

· How to work a room: Every party, networking event, and social situation has a predictable map. Discover the sweet spot for making the most connections.
· How to read faces: It’s easier than you think to speed-read facial expressions and use them to predict people’s emotions.
· How to talk to anyone: Every conversation can be memorable—once you learn how certain words generate the pleasure hormone dopamine in listeners.

When you understand the laws of human behavior, your influence, impact, and income will increase significantly. What’s more, you will improve your interpersonal intelligence, make a killer first impression, and build rapport quickly and authentically in any situation—negotiations, interviews, parties, and pitches. You’ll never interact the same way again.



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  1. This book is a must-read if you are interested in understanding human behaviors better and improving your relations with others. It brings you outstanding practical strategies and even some useful concrete content like phrases to use in different situations to captivate people. A great book!

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