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Master Your People Skills

Learn how to inspire, influence, and engage people in this life-changing program with Vanessa Van Edwards.
Master Your People Skills is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 8.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from a little bummed. I am not very happy about a guide book NOT being included.
Date published: 2023-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Course I found this course to be amazing. I am learning so much about how to understand people. I love that it is 'skills' focussed, meaning you can learn about a technique and then go and try it. At times the course can be focussed on helping to build confidence, but I am really getting the most out of understanding personality and reading people. Vanessa is so positive and I just love listening to every lecture and trying out the new skills.
Date published: 2023-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Content, Way Too Long My review for "Master Your People Skills" is essentially the same as for Ms. Edwards' other course, "The Power of Body Language": The content is very useful, but the live seminar format more than doubles the amount of time that should be necessary to present the material. Spread over 31 lectures, this course rings in at nearly 23 hours. Frankly, the conceptual content could have been presented in 6-8 hours. My wish, as for her other course, would be for TGC to bring Ms. Edwards into the TGC studio and do these courses justice rather than simply re-packaging live seminars from outside sources.
Date published: 2023-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A life-changing series! I have been a long-time listener at Wondrium / The Great Courses. I think this course is a wonderful addition to the collection for many reasons. Ms. Vanessa Edwards is an excellent teacher and communicator, and she models great people skills in the way she interacts with the small live audience. The inclusion of the audience adds a great learning dynamic, because there is a lot of research expressed and practical skills promoted, and the interplay with the audience helps me to much better digest and assimilate all that is being taught. I usually listen to history topics, but this topic seems more appropriate and beneficial to interact with a small learning group. I applaud her bravery and confidence to do this, and I'm inspired by her success in research and effective and winsome communication here. Bravo! I've learned so much from these courses, but this course is helping me to be a better person. I'm excited for that.
Date published: 2023-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helpful Features I tried this a month ago and I found it very helpful not only in my personal life, but also in my business life. The presenter is very interesting and the way she teach was so unique compare to other CreativeLive content creator; she provide a wide range of scientific studies and easy to learn processes.
Date published: 2023-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I am not their target audience The title enticed me. While not so young and retired, I am still looking to improve, and who does not need better interpersonal skills. HOWEVER, IMHO this course is mostly aimed at the young folks starting out in their careers, or folks looking to grow their businesses. I found very little I could relate to. Perhaps it is not fair that I would write a review as I stopped watching after episode 4. I found myself bored, and asked myself why I was spending time watching this. Having had a subscription to Great Courses/Wondrium for a while now, it is a rare course that I do not complete. The presenter is just fine and seems very knowledgeable, although she may have slightly misquoted Maya Angelou. At least I could not find the quote anywhere exactly as recited here. I also found the audience interaction tedious and definitely one of the boring aspects of the course. Add to that their constant pushing of product, and I decided I had better things to do.
Date published: 2023-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent content it's designed to make you stop and think, and hearing not only the feedback but the difficulty that the audience has in doing things makes me feel like I can accomplish and overcome these things too.
Date published: 2023-03-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Awful format The content is lost in the format of this course. Although the series is relevant and interesting, the audience responses and the presenter writing audience responses on a flip chart is very tiresome and drags the course down. Much prefer straight lectures which is why I subscribe to Wonderium. And I will watch lectures over and over again, but this one, I could hardly get through.
Date published: 2023-02-06
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In Master Your People Skills, Vanessa will teach you the communication methods and relationship-building strategies that will transform your interactions. You will learn how to increase your likability, deal with difficult people, be a master conversationalist, and quickly identify personality types.


Vanessa Van Edwards

You can’t succeed in business, life or love without mastering people skills.



Vanessa Van Edwards is lead investigator at the Science of People. She is the national bestselling author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding With People, which has been translated into 14 languages. Her innovative work on behavior, communication and relationships have been featured on CNN, NPR and Fast Company and Entrepreneur Magazine. Her YouTube videos have been seen by over 24 million people.

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People Intelligence

01: People Intelligence

Explore the full definition of people skills and how improving those skills can help you in all areas of your life—professionally, romantically, and socially. In this lesson, you’ll also become familiar with the nine different intelligences we can all access. You’ll learn how to identify which are your personal primary and secondary types of intelligence.

104 min
Detox Your Life

02: Detox Your Life

While creative people and entrepreneurs are usually told they need to say “yes” to every opportunity that comes their way, that is not the case. Discover the value of saying “no” when appropriate and the best way to do that. Learn how to minimize toxicity in your life by understanding and implementing boundaries so you can better make space to focus on what’s essential.

52 min
Harness Charisma

03: Harness Charisma

Everyone recognizes a person with charisma when they walk into the room, and studies show almost everyone wants to be charismatic. Learn about the most important qualities all charismatic people share, and how you can develop those characteristics—whether you are an extrovert or an introvert. You will also focus on developing your personal mission statement.

50 min
Captivate Your Audience

04: Captivate Your Audience

Learn how to make a strong first impression—whether in a group or with an individual—by commanding authentic attention. Learn how the brain responds chemically to a good story, and how you can harness that storytelling power to captivate an audience. Discover specific tips for using stories to your benefit both socially and professionally, and why you should always end with follow-up questions.

49 min
Create Spark

05: Create Spark

Once you have someone’s attention, how do you create “the spark” to make that person want to connect with you more deeply? Discover the role your body language plays in exhibiting confidence, and how your mood can become contagious to those around you. Learn the “launch stance”—how to stand in a way that will attract people to you but not be overbearing.

44 min
The Art of Conversation

06: The Art of Conversation

Discover why the art of conversation is more accurately the art of listening, and how that ability to listen fully—as opposed to wishful hearing—is related to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Explore how you can use the “RUC Technique” socially and at work to better meet your own goals and those of your conversation partners.

39 min

07: Surprise!

Studies show that surprising someone triggers their dopamine, boosts their creative thinking, and increases their cognitive abilities—all of which make them feel better about themselves. And given that the brain remembers the unusual more strongly than the mundane, surprising someone will increase the chance of them remembering you, whether for that next round of job interviews or that next date.

39 min
How to Be Memorable

08: How to Be Memorable

Almost all of us feel anxious or challenged in certain social interactions, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Research shows that admitting your mistakes or vulnerabilities and asking for help makes you more human, more relatable, and more memorable. Learn how Benjamin Franklin put this to good use in Congress, and why it is now called the “Franklin Effect.”

38 min
Be the Highlight

09: Be the Highlight

Learn how to be the person who lights up the room every time you walk in. Contrary to popular belief, this does not mean using razzle dazzle techniques to impress anyone. Instead, you’ll discover how to both maintain a sense of optimism and allow others to impress you, so that you become their “highlighter.” By helping others feel better when they’re around you, you become more memorable and attractive.

35 min
Personality Matrix

10: Personality Matrix

Take a deep dive into identifying the many components of your own personality by learning to create your personality matrix, identifying your strengths and current challenges. You’ll also explore the aspect of your brain function called lensing, how it might work against you in social interactions, and what you can do to get around its limitations.

63 min
Optimizing Interaction

11: Optimizing Interaction

Discover the personality traits research has shown to be associated with leadership success and long-term happiness for intimate couples, and which traits make it most difficult to achieve success. You will explore how to change your own personality if you’d like—using the Free Trait Theory—optimizing your natural traits to achieve the goals you identified in your personal mission statement.

40 min
How to Speed-Read People

12: How to Speed-Read People

Learn about the Platinum Rule, how it improves upon the Golden Rule and how it will help you improve your interactions with others. Discover the fastest way to “speed read” people, to figure out not only who they are, but what they’re really looking for from you—by not only asking them questions, but by learning what their body language is telling you.

52 min
Conquer Your Fears

13: Conquer Your Fears

You are not the only person who suffers from imposter syndrome. As you’ll see in this lesson, you are not alone in your fears, no matter what they are. Explore the many ways your fears affect your social interactions and learn the positive actions you can take to address those situations before, during, and after they arise.

29 min
Creating Value

14: Creating Value

How can you bring value to a business connection or an intimate partner if you don’t know what that person truly values? Discover the nine value languages that will help you understand human motivation and create deeper bonds. Understanding an individual’s personal mission statement gives you the opportunity to bring value to that relationship in the way they care about the most.

36 min
Halfway Check-In

15: Halfway Check-In

In this lesson, you will “listen in” while people call in with personal questions about various people skills. From relationships in which the individuals might have conflicting values, to families or business groups in which one person bullies the others, and more, you will have the opportunity to hear Vanessa answer many questions on the spot. And they might be just the ones you were also wondering about.

26 min
People Hacks

16: People Hacks

Learn about the brain research of Dr. Daniel Amen, a pioneer in using modern technology to discover how the brain learns. Building on that information, you’ll be able to use “brain gym exercises” to strengthen your learning process and reduce fears related to public speaking and other social situations. Learn the hacks that can connect you to your peers and your audience more quickly than you would have thought.

50 min
The Wow Formula

17: The Wow Formula

Learn the specific logistics that will help you through any social interaction. Where to stand, where not to stand. When to talk, when to listen. How to help others be comfortable when you notice their awkwardness. From the way to enter the room to the science of the final handshake—these are the details that make up the “wow formula.”

47 min
The Psychology of Attraction

18: The Psychology of Attraction

Learn the three secrets of attraction and how you can implement them in your own life both at work and in your personal relationships. Perhaps surprisingly, research reveals that looks play only a small role in attraction. Explore the real factors that cause us to know immediately that we want to spend more time with a particular individual. You’ll also learn why men and women respond to stress very differently.

42 min
Building Connection

19: Building Connection

Attachment theory states that humans have an innate need for deep attachment to other people. While usually discussed in terms of the infant/parent bond, you’ll discover the many ways in which your personal attachment style affects all your relationships from business to intimate partnerships, how to deepen the connections you already have, and even how to change your attachment style if that would serve you better.

41 min
Finding Love

20: Finding Love

Explore the three elements of love—attachment, caring, and intimacy—and learn how to support and become the best possible lover for your partner. You’ll also learn about the five love languages to better determine the way you and your partner each prefer to be shown love or appreciation. And discover the many ways the love languages can apply to your business as well, as you build and keep your client base.

43 min
Successful Communication

21: Successful Communication

With the tools and techniques that you’ll learn in this lesson, you will become much more successful in connecting with someone on the deepest level when you communicate your needs and desires. Discover values-based communication to develop a symbiosis in which both people are benefiting, and the specific communication formula that can improve your path to success.

33 min
Brand Personality

22: Brand Personality

Explore the worth of human capital assets as a source of wealth for your business. Learn to invest in human capital by helping someone else become what they want to be—tying your brand to your ideal customer’s brand and both improving together. Discover the ways this investment can be applied to personal relationships as well as business relationships.

43 min
How to Inspire

23: How to Inspire

Explore the six different styles of inspiration and the goal of each style. Discover why your own style of inspiring others might vary depending on your relationship with the person you’re speaking to. Learn how to flexibly adapt your inspiration style to make a bigger impact with your message—both in business and in personal relationships.

40 min
The Science of Leadership

24: The Science of Leadership

Explore how the functionality of a strong leader’s brain sets them apart from others. Discover what you can learn about leadership by considering their increased brain activity in areas related to planning and foresight, handling emotions, processing new situations and information, self-soothing, and more. Your neuroplasticity gives you the opportunity to improve your own responses in these areas.

42 min
Human Vampires

25: Human Vampires

Each of us has experienced a relationship with someone we find very difficult—whether an old friend, a coworker, or even a family member. Explore the four types of difficult people and what behind-the-scenes feelings might be causing their prickly behavior. What is the best way to respond to difficult people, and why is it that arguing and rational thoughts don’t necessarily work?

46 min

26: Persuasion

Explore the many types of persuasion and learn how to use them to motivate people in all areas of your life. Learn about the reciprocity norm and the yes ladder, and how they can help you motivate others. You’ll also explore the power of the question and how asking more questions can lead to a greater ability to persuade.

52 min
Supercharge Your Sales

27: Supercharge Your Sales

Learn about the concept of social proof and the powerful ways in which it influences all our lives—from the testimonials and ratings we post, to the products we buy every day. Explore the laws of persuasion and how understanding your clients’ pain points will help you pitch your ideas, get buy-in, and close the deal.

55 min
Digital People Skills

28: Digital People Skills

Explore the specific tips, tricks, and rules that will help you present your most positive and persuasive self in the digital realm. Learn about “vaguebooking,” and why you should avoid it in your business and personal communications. Discover the importance of reciprocity, why it matters in all communication, and why it is the number one rule of digital life.

43 min
Awesome Club

29: Awesome Club

Explore the potential power of an Awesome Club—a close knit group of like-minded individuals who come together to offer support, help, and accountability. Learn about the neuroscience that suggests your brain makes better decisions with input from a variety of sources, and why combining strengths can lead to true genius and creativity.

39 min
Your People Plan

30: Your People Plan

Learn why developing empathy and compassion is crucial to your success, both in business and your personal life. Explore how empathy can lead to having fulfilling and deep relationships with others, not only in your social life, but also in your professional life. We are born with an innate sense of empathy; we just need to relearn that it’s all right to use it as adults.

38 min
Live Check-In

31: Live Check-In

In this lesson, Vanessa explains what materials from this course and what types of support will continue to be available for you as you build your own action plan going forward. She also takes questions from a live international audience, and you will hear her answers in real-time about topics that include reciprocity, awesome clubs, negative thinking, and more.

23 min