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Captivate

The Science of Succeeding with People
Written by: Vanessa Van Edwards
Narrated by: Vanessa Van Edwards
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
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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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Insightful and well narrated. Vanessa's ability to explain behavioural concepts in a simple way is the highlight of the book. Thank you for the toolbox!

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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.

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  • Jay
  • 17-11-17

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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  • Mioli
  • 06-06-18

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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  • Sipho
  • 05-02-20

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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  • Gus Badran
  • 05-01-20

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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  • yousuf
  • 23-08-19

loved it thanks vanessa

venessa really bought the book to life with her key hacks and associated them to real life examples. I love the data driven science facts too. thank you.

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  • JM
  • 29-06-19

Not just a book

This is excellent.
Vanessa is clear and gets to the point fast - this is not a guffy book where the first half is an intro to the second half which could have been done in 10 bullet points,.
Plus - and its a big plus- this audio book comes with a lengthy PDF, and more material from the science of people website.
so the book is essentially also a course. Stunning.
Thank you Vanessa -I've not written a review before but really wanted to tell people how worthwhile this book is.

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  • obada
  • 11-05-19

Interesting bits here and there but not a 5 stars

An ok book, specially if you read a lot of books on personal development, you will find this one a bit repeated. The nareation was ok and the style was not that engaging.

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  • Ducarta
  • 10-04-19

Get this Book!

Unless you are a super star with people, I say get this book. You will learn at least 3 amazing tools that if used could change your social interactions forever and that's not an exaggeration, I'm seeing the results.

It's a book filled with practical tips, relatable stories and a few jokes too.

It's an easy read but also a reference that will have you coming back, well, at least it will for me. 😁

Well worth the purchase!

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  • gabster_x
  • 12-03-19

Such an amazing book! Seriously recommend it!!!

I’ve been recommending this book to all my friends while reading it. I bought the actual book and also the audiobook.
The book is very well written and important information highlighted. She encourages to make notes and summarise at the end of each chapter.
Vanessa written so much insight about people’s behaviour which she explained through stories and experiments. They are easy to understand and follow.
Also wanted many of her YouTube videos.
Many of my friends commented how much I have grown and changed in my communication since reading this book. :)
A must read book!

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  • Jak
  • 31-01-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-05-17

Loved this!

So much to think about!
Loved Vanessa & her unique take on people skills. Really thought provoking & helpful info that definitely makes you want to follow up.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-07-19

Love Captivate, Beautiful Insights and Must Read

Thank you Vanessa, this is a game changer, life altering transformation, you are awesome. To make peoples lives happier by sharing your secrets is truley remarkable credit to you and your team. I wished I new this when I was at school, this should be taught in schools all over the world. You are a life coach, you are beautiful, you have given people hope. My gratitude goes out to you for making a book full of energy and vibration, removing blocks, removing fear and pain by writing a book with life skills. A testimony to you for talking to your scieneofpeople follows in a way that is easy to captivate.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-19

Amazing and highly recommend

Amazing and highly recommended for everyone. Thank you for sharing all your knowledge Vanessa....I can not wait to test everything.

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  • Rebekah Yun
  • 10-05-19

Wonderful listen!

Learnt so much, incredibly entertaining and human! I love it when authors read their own work (feels a little more authentic to me haha) - Vanessa Van Edwards did a fantastic job, such an easy and compelling listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-02-19

Absolutely brilliant,

This is a great book, must read, a lot of helpful information. Well done Vanessa Van Edwards and team.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-08-18

Fabulous fun for everyone

Rich and enlightening, this is not a book but a valuable set of tools with insights into basic yet complex humanness. Loved it.
Thanks Vanessa 😀👌😁

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  • Wynand
  • 07-08-18

Relationships Transformed

This book has been full of useful ideas and tools that have already transformed my interactions with people. Every single chapter has golden nuggets of practical tips I can implement immediately. I will definitely listen to the audio book again for a refresher in a few months... It’s that good! Thank you so much for this book Vanessa

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  • Michael
  • 25-06-18

Love your work!

As usual, your insight into social interaction are awesome. The way you explain these complex but important subject is entertaining but complete. You have sparked a new level of understanding that l wish l had a decade ago. Keep up the good work.

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  • Em
  • 18-06-18

Uninspiring

I couldn't finish listening to this. It aims low and states the obvious; nothing new to learn here.

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  • 25-03-18

Practical tips

Great narration from the author herself which makes it easy and enjoyable to listen to. The tips recommended are practical and applicable.