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Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People, written and read by Vanessa Van Edwards.

Do you wish you could decode people? Do you want a formula for charisma? Do you want to know exactly what to say to your boss, your date or your networking partner? You need to know how people work.

As a human behaviour investigator, Vanessa Van Edwards studies the hidden forces that drive our behaviour patterns in her lab - and she's cracked the code. In Captivate she shares a wealth of shortcuts, systems and behaviour hacks derived from her research, to help you take charge of interactions at work and at home. You'll learn how to execute a social game plan to navigate any social situation; how to speed-read faces for seven universal 'microexpressions' that can be used to predict people's emotions; and much more besides. When you understand the laws of human behaviour, you can get along with anyone. With Vanessa's help you will never interact in the same way again.

Includes a bonus PDF of quizzes, graphs and illustrations.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Vanessa Van Edwards (P)2017 Penguin

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Life Changing

I don't usually write reviews but this audiobook was too good for me not to. I've really enjoyed listening to Vanessa's friendly and welcoming tone.

The guidance she provides is so easy to grasp and very practical. I've already started implementing these into my daily life and noticed the difference.

I highly recommend this book for anyone that could benefit from a direction on how to master social situations!

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Get it at ... /toolbox

As noted by a few other people this is really hard to listen to without the pdf and Vanessa reminds you every few minutes to go to her website and download it (by joining her mailing list) which gets really annoying!

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A must for those who struggle to connect with people

I am the person, who would be described as extrovert by those who know me well, but introvert by those who just met me. I always struggled with new people and to connect with them or leave a positive impression. However as I am in a leadership now I understand the importance of it and tried to analyse others people behaviours and mirror them myself. Since I came across Vanessa’s videos and then this book I can strongly say that my communication with others have improved significantly! I have listened to this book in the car or gym, but I’ll listen to it again so I can take notes! Thank you Vanessa!

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Awesome

This book will definitely help you to reach your goals
I love it. Congrats Vanessa.

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Loved it!

A book that would benefit every single entrepreneur out there! Actually, now, after finishing the audiobook, I will order the physical book as well, and keep it as a reference before any meeting. So glad I found this gem!

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education. science. entertaining

social anxiety or highly gifted in people skils? easy to read/ listen to, onformative, transformational. this book has so much added value that you will want to read it again

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Great audio, worth a good few listens

Some really nice practical information here that is nothing groundbreaking - unless you apply it! Like so many books the power is in the doing not the knowing. Well worth the investment.

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Loved it like I love sour rice with sweet banana

I found this book very insightful being a recovering awkward person myself 😉. My communications are more mindful and curious. It's definitely worth a second read.

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A scientific guide to being interesting

Very well narrated and extremely gripping content. Excellent. This audio book will teach you how to get better at interacting with people, whether or not you are an introvert.

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Must Read

I'm not into writing review. However, this is a must read book and check out Venessa's YouTube channel.

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  • Gregor
  • 12-05-17

Highly recommend listening.

For anyone who wants to improve how they communicate with others and enrich the quality of their relationships both personal and professional, l recommend that you purchase this audiobook. I also purchased the actual book and look forward to utilising further learning material via the science of people website. Thank you, Vanessa Van Edwards.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-04-19

Brilliant

Vanessa Van Edwards cleverly introduces herself as a “recovering awkward person”...

Shes used science to understand people and in this book she clearly lays out exactly how to use the best strategies for connecting with people, influencing them and building lasting relationships. It’s perfect for you if you struggle or felt uncomfortable in social situations.

So why am I listening to it... I’m a naturally outgoing and confident person. I always thrived in social settings. My wife says; “the bigger the crowd, the brighter I shine!” I’m a sales mentor, marketing strategist and public speaker. I know people and intuitively understand how to connect and influence.

So why am I reading this... in her charming way, Vanessa has helped me decode what I do naturally. Understanding the latest science behind relationships and connection has taken me to deeper levels of conscious competence. This has empowered me to improve relationships with my client & team as well as with my family & friends.

I’m so grateful to have found Captivate snd I’m having so much fun practicing Vanessa’s ‘hacks’ and using them for good :)

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  • Erick Jam
  • 25-08-18

Awesome!

I simply loved it from the beginning! Vanessa is definitely a professional and in a very funny mood I learned a lot about me! Now I have the tools to start to become a new me! Thank you Vanessa!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-06-18

Awesome

best book I have ever listened to. I major in psychology so when I heard the big five and five love languages I got excited. this book showed me that soft skills are important in the work place as well as your personal and romantic life

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  • Harsh Batra
  • 10-02-18

There is a science to people

Found the book to be full of lessons and very structured. It is hard to follow it as well as reading because of the various exercises throughout so I intend to go to the supplementary material and actually run through it to retain and use some what is taught. Overall, it's a good hack into the human mind.