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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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


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 this course is for:

  • Dating
  • Awesome People
  • Business
  • Introverts
  • Sales
  • Interviewees
  • YOU!


Author and Behavioral Investigator
Vanessa Van Edwards
  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
  • 35,594 Reviews
  • 478,935 Students
  • 4 Courses

Vanessa is Lead Investigator at Science of People. She is the multi-time bestselling author of “Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People” and "Cues: Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication." Captivate has been translated into 16 different languages, and more than 50 million people have watched her on YouTube.

She regularly speaks to innovative companies including Google, Intel, Facebook, Comcast, Miller-Coors, Microsoft, and Penguin Random-House. She has been a spokesperson for Dove, American Express, Clean and Clear, and Symantec.

Vanessa shares tangible skills—including her insights on how people work—to improve interpersonal communication and leadership. She has developed a science-based framework for understanding different personalities to improve our EQ and to help us communicate with colleagues, clients, and customers. Her TEDx London Talk on the science of charisma has been seen over 2,000,000 times.

Vanessa works with entrepreneurs, growing businesses, and trillion-dollar companies; and has been featured on CNN, BBC, CBS, Fast Company, Inc., Entrepreneur magazine, USA Today, the Today Show, and many more.

Millions visit her website, Science of People, every month for her methods which turn “soft skills” into actionable, masterable frameworks that can be applied in daily life. Hundreds of thousands of students have taken her communication courses on LinkedIn Learning, Udemy and CreativeLive. She is the creator of People School, an advanced online communication skills training for high-achieving professionals.

Vanessa is renowned for teaching science-backed people skills to audiences around the world, including SXSW, MIT, and CES, to name a few. Her groundbreaking and engaging workshops and courses teach individuals how to succeed in business and life by understanding the hidden dynamics of people.

She is also a keynote speaker in Austin, Texas and has spoken at SXSW as well as for local Austin groups.

For Recovering Awkward People
Science of People
  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
  • 32,303 Reviews
  • 455,971 Students
  • 4 Courses

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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