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Captivate

Written by: Vanessa Van Edwards
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Publisher's Summary

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 Audio

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Informative & Fun

Loved it, learned a lot of things. kudos Vanessa! worth a read it will surely bring out the best in us.

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A great book!

It's a great handbook for starting with people. It tells you ways for lasting impression. I hope I'm able to use them all.

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Enhances one's People Skills

This book will change your perspective of dealing with people.. very wonderfully narrated.. And yes, need to put in some efforts to apply the hacks after reading the book..

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Know the science of succeding with people

Every chapter is full of interesting revelations about human behaviour. The audiobook offers Umpteen takeaways in a refreshing and fun-filled ways. Vanessa is undoubtedly a master of her field and it's a treat listening to her own voice. In short, everything is totally captivating. Thanks Vanessa, Thanks Audible.

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Beneficial and must for everyone

Enjoyed and learned some useful social skills. Do remember to use the website's resources for getting to use some of the skills mentioned.

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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
  • 30-06-22

Recovering Awkward Person

Wow, when I first started this book I was unsure as to how it would play out - but I actually really loved it! I love how Vanessa ‘Captivates’ you through her book and how she’s written out the information and techniques in a way for us to understand while keeping me entertained, I found my self laughing a loud a lot! I gave this book a normal listen but wasn’t able to make notes or write much down as I listened to this at work, I am going to take what I’ve learn for now and use that in my world, the useful little things I have take so far is already working! I will in the future listen to this book again with more intent and motive in order to improve myself and stay curious - thank you Vanessa, you’ve made me a little less awkward and a little more interested in other people!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mr Jaguar
  • 03-10-21

Mildly annoying

I found this book mildly annoying, at least in it's audio version, which makes it difficult to skip. There are too many common knowledge ideas, presented as revelations. Yet, maybe we need to be reminded where to position yourself at a social occasion (not too close to the toilets or food) or whether or not to try looking confident.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-06-22

Highly Reccomend

One of the finest books I have come across which helped me develop my self in my career as well as reading people.

I am a highly neurotic person but this book has helped me using the same feeling to overcome crisis.

Chapters about microexpressions and "OCEAN" is something every individual should know about.

Over all a superb book which will never make you bored through out your read.

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  • Ghada
  • 04-04-22

very rich book

very rich book but I found it more engaging when I played it on 0.9x speed.

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  • M I Hussain
  • 21-02-22

..I don't have the patience to read

I have a degree in English and I graduated without reading a single book. Thats right, I pretty much referenced things off screenshots on google books. I'm great with words and had a natural way with my pen. What I didn't have however was a way to get my fantastic words across in person. Captivate has really opened my eyes to a whole new world. The author captivates you in her unique style of reading, with different variations in her voice. There are so many anecdotes in here that you actually learn as you go. One of the best voices and messages I've ever spent time listening to. Infact , the first ever audio book I've listened to. Cannot wait for 'Cues'!

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  • Sadie F
  • 01-02-22

Amazing

So much useful information which is absolutely invaluable for an anxious, self doubting person like myself. However there is definitely something for everyone here. If you are thinking of buying this then you won’t regret it. I bought it on Audible and had to buy the book as well!!

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  • Suman h.
  • 21-01-22

life changing

First audio book I've ever read. It was the most brilliant. Highly recommended. Amazing job Vanessa.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-21

Good book!!

It's an interesting book and I got some good ideas out of it. I think I will have to listen to it again, but this time with a pad of paper and pen ready to jot down notes, if I am to truly get the most out of it. Great listen though, thumbs up!!

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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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  • Sabrina Toh
  • 27-03-22

Great practical advice for the social introvert

Loved how Vanessa joined the dots between several existing frameworks and explained how to practically apply it all to everyday situations.
Being able to read others and use that to help you convey what you mean is truely the art of communication...and communication is the gateway to connections.

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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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  • simon
  • 11-10-17

SKIP THIS ONE

Judging from other reviews this book reviewed quite well, there is something dodgy going on here, there is no way this book deserves the high star ranking that it has got as it is so lacking in any practical information.....seems like it was written for a first grader, you'll regret buying it.

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  • Chris
  • 24-12-22

Ok but not ground breaking

Some good gems but more basic than expected. You could get this knowledge from a few blog posts

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  • Anya
  • 06-06-21

Practical and relevant

There aren't many books that I have enjoyed as much as this one! I have became very ciriouse to practice outlined tools and see results for myself. It is intriguing to see how those tools work and people do tend to remeber you more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-09-20

useful usable information

great content, good tips on how to use it in everyday interactions. sure a lot of it is common sense and things we already know... but do we use them everything to improve our relationships and interaction? Vanessa challenges you to practice these and actually use the hacks. everyone should read this book.

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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.