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7 Scientifically Proven Steps to Increase Your Influence

Learn the science of charisma. Increase your impact, influence and income using 7 science based steps.
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Last updated 5/2016
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I'm going to help you increase your influence. This is a completely new way to think about how you interact with people and the impact you have on those around you.

And you can learn this method in seven basic steps.

Whether you are in the business world, dating situations or the social scene you have to master the impact you have on the world.

My goal is to you make you more memorable, influential and charismatic.

Our Approach:

My teaching method can be summed up in three bullets:

  • Heavily Science Based
  • Entertainment + Education = Edutainment (I love to make up words)
  • Tactical and Actionable

I take a science based approach to influence. These aren't tricks or gimmicks. They are steps based on years of research out of academic institutions and peer-reviewed journals.

Although I have a lot of science, I have a cheeky sense of humor. So I promise, the course will surprise and entertain you.

I kept this course concise, compact and actionable because you're busy and you want change NOW! I got you.

The Seven Steps of Influence:

  1. Turn People On
  2. Be Emotionally Horny
  3. Let's Get Physical
  4. Once Upon a Time...
  5. Get Naked
  6. Favor Me?
  7. Get Contagious

I mean, come on...with titles like that how could you not take this course?

How This Course Will Change Your Life:

When you walk into a room, people will remember you.

When you introduce yourself, people will want to know your name.

When you meet someone, they will want to do business with you.

Let's Banish:

  • Awkward Moments
  • Not Feeling Worthy
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Dreading Events
  • Being Boring

What People Are Saying About Us:

"This is one of the most exciting courses I have taken on Udemy! I love Vanessa's style and energy."

--Tara Zweibeck

"There are no scenarios in which Vanessa's courses are not helpful. Her teaching is dynamic, engaging and informative. She is clearly passionate about her field and that enthusiasm is infectious. I'm hooked!"

--Jennifer Gentile

"I feel like I have a super power after taking Vanessa's course. Her blend of science and self-help is fricking brilliant. Thank god I found her work."

--Dave Halpreen

Who is the target audience?
  • Dating
  • Awesome People
  • Business
  • Introverts
  • Sales
  • Interviewees
  • YOU!
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What Will I Learn?
Be the most memorable person in the room
Get the job you want
Increase your influence
Win friends
Harness your charisma
Increase your income
Master social situations
Take control of your reputation
Make an impact on the people you meet
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 17 Lectures Collapse All 17 Lectures 01:28:32
Introduction to Influence
3 Lectures 05:21

Welcome to the course! I am so excited to have you join us to learn how to increase your influence.

Introduction Video

Check out this video on the course goals and our special sauce!

Want to see our Citizen Science Projects: Get Experimental!

Method and Course Goals

Here are your materials for the course:

Ebook and Citation List These are right next to the video in the Supplementary Material Tab, see the screenshot:

Engage Your Audience
1 Lecture 06:24

Tip #1 is to turn people on...watch the video to see what I mean!

(The Killer Conversation Starters are in the ebook attached to the Materials video!)

Engage Your Audience
Be Emotionally Curious
1 Lecture 11:04

Tip #2 is to be emotionally horny.

Be Emotionally Curious
Use Power Body Language
1 Lecture 09:31

Tip #3...it's time to get Physical!

3 Power Moves in 90 Seconds

Test Your Body Language

Use Power Body Language
Once Upon A Time...
1 Lecture 15:38

Let me tell you a story about influence...

In this video we will review the power of stories and I will help you create your story toolbox.

Remember, your story toolbox prompts are in your downloadable ebook attached to the Materials video.

Top 10 Books to Generate Conversations

Once Upon a Time...
Bare Your Emotions
1 Lecture 08:15

I want you to get naked! Yes, emotional nakedness can help you increase your influence.

Your Challenge:

To continue your learning. ScienceofPeople.com/Join

Bare Your Emotions
Favor Me?
1 Lecture 08:36

What is the power of a favor? In this video you will find out!

Your Challenge:

Pinpoint your goals. Use the prompts in the downloadable ebook attached to the materials video.

Favor Me?
Get Contagious
1 Lecture 04:41

If you want to be influential you have to be contagious.

Your Challenge:

Tell me 5 things you are grateful for!

@vvanedwards #imgratefulfor

Get Contagious
Bonuses and 30 Day Action Plan
7 Lectures 19:04

Did you retain all of the juicy tidbits from the course? Test your knowledge!

Test Your Skills!
11 questions

Congratulations! You made it and I can't wait to keep hearing about your journey.

Remember, the Ideal Self Exercise Prompts are in the end of your ebook (attached to the Materials video)!

For more, visit:


One More Challenge...

Want to know how color can increase your influence? Here's how to leverage the power of color in your life.

I also have a one sheet you can print out and tape to the back of your closet door as a cheat sheet! We attached it to this article.

Color Psychology

We have another set of videos for you on the power of body language:

50% Off Secrets of Body Language

50% Off How to Be a Human Lie Detector 

50% Off Body Language for Entrepreneurs

*This is a special master class for people who run their own business. I teach negotiation, how to sell, how to pitch and networking.

Bonus: Body Language Awesomeness

Get your 30 Day Action Plan

More Continued Learning:

70% Off Secrets of Body Language

70% Off How to Be a Human Lie Detector

70% Off Body Language for Entrepreneurs

*This is a special master class for people who run their own business. I teach negotiation, how to sell, how to pitch and networking.

Next Steps

Influence is NOT just about making good first impressions, it's also about making good last impressions. Here is a video and article for you on how to leave a lasting impression with the art of the graceful exit.

Extra: How to Make a Graceful Exit

Bonus: Questions

This lecture is a bonus lecture with a coupon code to my other courses. Please use the code "Rock Star" to get 40% off my other courses. Please also let me know how you liked this course on my website or on Twitter and Instagram: @Vvanedwards. See you there!

About the Instructor
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Author and Behavioral Investigator

Vanessa Van Edwards is the lead investigator at the Science of People, a human behavior research lab. She is a Huffington Post columnist and author of the book Captivate--a hacker's guide to human behavior.

Her goal is to turn soft skills into hard skills. And her innovative work has been featured on NPR, Business Week and USA Today. She regularly gives keynotes and appears in the media to talk about her research. She has written for CNN, Fast Company and Forbes.

Vanessa is also a sought-after corporate consultant and has used her research with a number of Fortune 500 companies including American Express, Clean and Clear and Symantec. Vanessa has spoken to groups across the globe from the stage at the Consumer Electronic Show to presenting research at MIT. Her groundbreaking workshops and courses teach individuals how to succeed in business and life by understanding the hidden dynamics of people.

She is a science geek, recovering awkward person and textbook ENTJ.

For more cool stuff, check out the Science of People.

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