What makes a person captivating? How can some instantly connect with an audience, while others fall flat?
This week I'm thrilled to have one of my kindred spirits on the podcast with me. Vanessa Van Edwards is a professional people watcher, self-described "recovering awkward person," and author of the new book Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People.
Listen on to learn how Vanessa bootstrapped her Science of People research company, the best place to stand at a networking event, and the top secrets to make your TED talk go viral.
More About Vanessa Van Edwards
Vanessa Van Edwards is a published author and behavioral investigator. She is a professional people watcher—speaking, researching and cracking the code of interesting human behavior for audiences around the world. Vanessa’s groundbreaking workshops and courses teach individuals how to succeed in business and life by understanding the hidden dynamics of people. Vanessa is a Huffington Post columnist and Penguin author. She has been featured on NPR, the Wall Street Journal, the Today Show and USA Today. She has written for CNN, Fast Company and Forbes.
Topics We Cover
Pivot blessings in disguise
How Vanessa bootstrapped Science of People and why she decided to pivot away from her original passive income business
How to avoid reinventing the wheel—especially "broke down rickety wheels"
Why conducting original research makes your work more viral
How Vanessa started a research-based company without a Ph.D. in social science
Secrets from the most successful TED speakers: on hand gestures, how you share your message, why smiling makes you seem more intelligent, and the difference between memorized vs. internalized content
The most strategic spot to stand at a networking event for making the best connections
How to recover from social awkwardness
Captivate: Secrets From Viral TED Talks With Vanessa Van Edwards
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