Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People Paperback – 4 May 2017
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Everything Vanessa does is captivating, but this book is her masterpiece. Nearly every page contains surprising insights and practical tips to help you succeed more in life (Chris Guillebeau, author of THE HAPPINESS OF PURSUIT)
Captivate is packed full of useful information for anyone interested in improving their social skills - it's a must read (Former FBI agent Joe Navarro, author of WHAT EVERY BODY IS SAYING)
If you've ever thought 'I hope they have a dog at this dinner party so that I don't have to talk to anyone' read this book. Hello Captivate, goodbye awkward moments (Jon Acuff, author of DO OVER)
Vanessa Van Edwards is pure gold, and this book is an invaluable guide to harnessing the science of what makes people tick. A must read if you want to use its power for good inside your company, cause or career (Chase Jarvis, CEO of CreativeLive)
About the Author
Vanessa Van Edwards is an interpersonal intelligence expert and public speaker. Her behaviour research lab 'The Science of People' has been featured in Fast Company, Inc, Men's Health, Forbes, and on Fox News. She is a monthly columnist for Entrepreneur; the leading instructor in people skills on Udemy and CreativeLive; and has led training sessions at a number of Fortune 500 companies around the world. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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There are chapters on The First Five Minutes, The First Five Hours, and The First Five Days. Some of the useful information includes: starting conversations and making them "sparkle" and memorable for you and the other person; the importance of really listening (I wish there was a section on 'how to cope with people who don't listen and just talk about themselves none stop!); why "birds of a feature stick together"; making "raving introductions"; where to stand at networking events; how to hold your mobile; how to write dating messages; decoding facial expressions and microexpressions; how knowing different personality types can help your friendship and business. There are questionnaires throughout to get you thinking about these.
A quick note - she is American and sometimes uses American Football or other American cultural analogies but only a few. I guess we British are bilingual!
I've known Vanessa's work through her email newsletters for a few years and was looking forward to this book, and was obviously not disappointed - even pleasantly surprised how useful and informative it is. But the one thing that really surprised me was the cover. I know that she really put a lot of effort into designing the cover (with her face on it), but this UK edition has a drab boring cover that doesn't stand out at all - thanks to Penguin. So don't let that put you off it.
This is a great reference book that I'll read again and again for tips and inspiration.
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Too full of self importance
Dale Carnegie is much better as is Ian stables little book
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