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Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People Hardcover – April 25, 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 and host of Side Hustle School
“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, good-bye awkward moments.”
—JON ACUFF, author of Do Over
“There is a big difference between faking your way into building relationships and deeply understanding the science of what makes people tick so that you can naturally and effectively connect with them. Captivate teaches this science in a fun and accessible way, so that you apply the learning in your everyday life, growing your network, influence, and impact.”
—PAMELA SLIM, author of Body of Work
“This book is rewarding regardless of your level of skill in getting along with others.”
—ART MARKMAN, PhD, coauthor of Brain Briefs
“Captivate is packed full of useful information for anyone interested in improving their social skills—it’s a must read.”
—JOE NAVARRO, former FBI agent, body language expert, and author of What Every BODY is Saying
“In Captivate, Vanessa Van Edwards has not only decoded the secret formula for what makes people tick, she also explains how to harness and put the latest people science into action.”
—JORDAN HARBINGER, founder of The Art of Charm
“Full of helpful tips, actionable anecdotes, and fascinating research, Captivate is the consummate wingman (or woman)—a book you’ll hear whispering in your ears, giving you social superpowers.”
—JENNY BLAKE, author of Pivot
“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 a researcher, speaker, and writer on people skills and interpersonal intelligence. Her behavior 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 trainings at a number of Fortune 500 companies around the world. She lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon.
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Most chapters underdeliver. They have subtitles like "How to get along with anyone" or "How to crack someone's personality" but the actual content is very light. You aren't going to learn how to get along with everyone from this book.
This isn't a zero star book because the author does aggregate academic research done on the topics she discussed. I came across roughly a dozen new concepts or facts to think about which made the book worthwhile. The author is passionate about the subject and you will learn something with a careful read.
These aren't major issues but little things like mentioning TED talks throughout, name dropping Bill Maher and Aziz Ansari, living in Portland, calling the New York Times "a world-renowned news agency that we should learn from," and calling a guy who started the Citizens of the World Charter School a hero of education are circumstantial evidence of the author being more prone than usual to fluff and psychobabble. The author also has an immature writing style using words like awesome constantly.