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Captivate Audiobook

Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People

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Publisher's Summary

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 behavior investigator, Vanessa Van Edwards studies the hidden forces that drive our behavior patterns in her lab - and she's cracked the code. In Captivate she shares a wealth of valuable shortcuts, systems, and behavior hacks for taking charge of 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 human behavior and a completely new approach to building connections.

Just like knowing the right formulas to use in chemistry or the right programming language to write code, the hacks in this book are simple ways to solve for people. For example:

The Social Game Plan: every party, networking event, and social situation has a predictable map - discover how to work a room and the sweet spot for making the most connections.

The Seven Microexpressions: learn how to speed-read the seven universal facial expressions and how they can be used to predict people's emotions.

Conversation Sparks: all conversations can be hacked - if you know how certain words generate dopamine in the people you meet.

When you understand the laws of human behavior, you can get along with anyone, and your influence, impact, and income will increase as a result. 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 will never interact in the same way again.

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 Audio

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    Stephen Scott 04-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Extroverts: This Book Is For You Too"
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    As a self proclaimed extrovert, I was hesitant about buying this book because I thought it was geared only toward introverts. Wow, how wrong I was. Vanessa, was able to provide hacks, challenges, and insights into ways make me into the best version of myself. From where to stand in a room to how to appropriately thank people based on their love language. Her hacks/lessons occasionally conjured up the reaction of "oh S*** I do that." It is those moments that made me really love this book because she was willing to call us all out on our poor social form (looking down at a phone or hands in the pockets). Not only did she illuminate the negative connotation with that form, but she actually provided simple hacks to remedy these issues.

    Even if you are an extrovert who thinks they understand people, you should buy this book. Because like me, I am sure there are some negative social cues (that I was totally unaware of too!) that you possess that Vanessa will help hack.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Miller 04-28-17
    Paul Miller 04-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Being A Dick Is Contagious"

    I didn't want to like her. Vanessa comes off as being cheerful, vibrant, and quite happy. This can be annoying to a glass almost-empty kind of guy. Yes, I'm introverted, extremely skeptical, a real riot at parties, tending to view life as quantity versus quality. I'm the "Good news for people who like bad news" type. I've gone through many self-help books, lots of psychological books, and programs by the big guns like Tony Robbins. I could hear Tony speaking to me throughout Vanessa's book, "You know this stuff, you've just never taken a healthy dose of mental massive action over a prolonged period." Yes, I have paralysis of analysis. So, I'm working on healthy decisions by taking small daily actions. We are driven by our emotions and associations, and I've analyzed myself every which way only to realize I'm a damn mess. But if I can take small steps, these can compound over time, thus creating healthy lasting habits. I understand that life is a flatline of difficulty for most, and I'm no exception, however I do hold the power of decision in pretty much any situation. I do believe that if you put the steps mentioned throughout this book into action, you'll most likely create good lasting habits; and this is coming from a guy who's a "realist" or better yet a pessimist at large.

    23 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    tluria 05-03-17
    tluria 05-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Start here"

    While other books hammer home deep specific knowledge on any given topic, Van Edwards offers a joy ride through the world of social personal growth on various topics which include vulnerability, reading people, leading, fears, body language, popularity, and so much more. Unlike many other books, she prepares for you a summary, specific challenge and reflection at the end of each chapter or "hack". If you need to up your social game to get ahead, this is the book for you. I've listened once, taken notes, and will listen again to begin applying its tenets.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Ortiz 05-03-17
    Kevin Ortiz 05-03-17 Member Since 2016

    I like to read and stuff I guess

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    I have read The Game, Models and an embarrassingly huge amount of other pick up/seduction books. I have never received as immediate positive feedback as doing stuff from Vanessa's creative live "Master Your People Skills" course which is basically a course that teaches everything inside this book for 10X less the price. I had a girl from the gym search me up on facebook the first day and had many other great interactions the following days on other girls I came across. This is coming from a guy who made weird cringy eye contact with girls walking down the hallway in school after something I learned on an RSD youtube video (I know I'm dumb you don't have to tell me :P). Basically what I'm saying is that you may feel like you already know everything inside this book before reading but coming from a recovering "Nice Guy" you need to read this book!

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    05-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The title is spot on, completely captivating!"

    Love this book! Vanessa is very engaging and informative. If you struggle to connect with people or want to improve your relationships, this is the book you're looking for.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond DaCosta 05-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth a listen.Helpful living tips.Put it to work."

    Worth a listen. Helpful living tips. Going to put my action plan together today. Thanks Vanessa!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Casallas 05-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "If understanding why people do what they do makes you tick, this book is for you."

    Vanessa and her team help build a framework in which to understand how we're wired in order to optimize any and all interactions, both personal and professional. Rooted in empathy and honest communication, backed by science, and laying out a play book if you will to create the life and relationships you want.

    Excellent listen on audible, it flows and is easy to follow. With the science backed examples it's a little reminiscent of Malcolm Gladwell. Excited for the books to follow!

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    Amir Toronto, ON, Canada 05-16-17
    Amir Toronto, ON, Canada 05-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Have new points!"

    It's worth listening. I found new interesting points plus more understandable explanation of oldies. Thank you Venessa! She asked for a review ;)

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    Xavier 05-01-17
    Xavier 05-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Another waste of time! Save your credits"

    Nothing new in this book for me. It was supposed to be an alternative to the usual networking approaches but it was the same old garbage. I will request a refund!!

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    Lisseth Davalos 05-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great listen!"

    Lots of great tips for understanding your peers! I Would and have recommended this to anybody looking to better yourself and the relationships around you.

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