The Secrets of Body Language

Learn how to interpret the body language of the people around you while perfecting your own nonverbal communication.
4.5 (969 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a
course's star rating by considering a number of different factors
such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the
likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
13,670 students enrolled
25% off
Take This Course
  • Lectures 24
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
    30 day money back guarantee!
    Available on iOS and Android
    Certificate of Completion
Wishlisted Wishlist

How taking a course works


Find online courses made by experts from around the world.


Take your courses with you and learn anywhere, anytime.


Learn and practice real-world skills and achieve your goals.

About This Course

Published 5/2013 English

Course Description

Do you ever wish you could know what someone is thinking? Or perhaps you want to improve your own non-verbal communication? Body language is a great way to gain insights into how others think and feel, as well improve your everyday communication with others.

This body language course is based on scientifically-backed research, and is designed to teach you how to read people's nonverbal behavior and improve your own.

Whether you are a business owner, parent, spouse, employee, human resources director, teacher or student, this course will change the way you interact with those around you.

If you have ever interacted with another person, this course will be useful to you because our everyday interactions are filled with secret nonverbal cues just waiting to be uncovered.

Why Is Body Language Important?

Up to 93% of our communication is nonverbal. However, we often only think about the words we say, not how we say them. In this course, we will review the face, the body and how it expresses emotions and even talk a little bit about the lie detection.

In the Secrets of Body Language I give real life examples and tons of practical tips that you will be able to use immediately.

If You Don't Learn How to Decode Body Language Now, You'll Hate Yourself Later

At one point you will be on a date, in a business meeting, or in a negotiation and wish you know how to read body language. Invest the time in this course and you will be happy to have a leg up on your communication in the future.

If you wish you could begin to unravel the mysteries of body language, then enroll today in Secrets of Body Language now!

For more articles and to find out more about the author, Vanessa Van Edwards visit:

What People Are Saying About Vanessa's Courses:

“Vanessa's presentation style is so engaging and entertaining that I believe everyone in any job function will get something extremely useful out of it. “

–Monica Enand, Founder of Zapproved

“Vanessa is a dynamic and polished speaker. We would definitely ask her back for more presentations."

–Emily Ediger, Portland State University Business Accelerator

“Vanessa Van Edwards' speech to our club of hundreds was a welcome break from the standard speech. It was always engaging, at times uproariously funny and very informative. As I looked at the audience, everyone was leaning forward and feeling each moment together. We all came away feeling more light-hearted and armed with insights about human behavior that we didn't know at the beginning. It was a treat to hear her speak!"

–Mike Pendergast, Business Development Consultant and Rotarian

What are the requirements?

  • Computer speakers

What am I going to get from this course?

  • How to read body language
  • How to be a human lie detector
  • How to read people
  • How to detect hidden emotions
  • How to spot lies
  • Body language in business
  • Body language for women
  • Body language for men

Who is the target audience?

  • Employers
  • Employees
  • Parents
  • Daters
  • Public Speakers
  • Doctors
  • Lawyers
  • Poker players
  • Entrepreneuers
  • Business Owners
  • Unemployed
  • Daters

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Here is a brief overview to the course and what you will learn!


I have 2 body language challenges for you:

1. I want you to test your skills from the beginning to the end of the course. We are going to watch 2 videos now and then watch them again at the end of the course, where we will slow them down and dissect the body language.

2. Sign-Up to get free practice videos to test your skills:

Reply to the first email and tell me what your biggest body language challenges are.

Shark Tank Videos are owned by and courtesy of ABC:


Here are all of your materials for the course!

New Research:

Question Forum:

Twitter: @vvanedwards

The slides and PDF are right next to the video in the Supplementary Material Tab, see the screenshot:

In this video we discuss why nonverbal behavior is important to study and incorporate in real life.
Is body language science based? How do we know what is 'real' and what is just 'opinion.' Find out where the body language research comes from.
3 questions

Test your knowledge and retention so far!

Section 2: Foundations of Body Language

Let's Review the foundations of where body language science comes from and how we study it.

This video gives an overview of how the brain reads body language.
3 questions

Take this quiz to test your knowledge so far!

Section 3: The Face and Microexpressions

This video talks all about the face and the seven universal microexpressions. Be sure to check out the example articles with Lance Armstrong and Amanda Knox's microexpression leaks.

While we are on the face, let's talk a little about eye behavior and what kinds of emotions and symbols arise from the eyes.
Since we are starting at the top of the body, it is important to talk about some interesting head behavior and what it means in body language expression.
How do emotions affect our body language? In this video we discover how body language and emotions are cyclical in nature.
How much do you know about the face and nonverbal cues?
3 questions
Section 4: The Body and Emotions
In this video we review the signs of nervous body language--what to look out for in others and what to avoid yourself.

What is the body language of alphas? Power body language is great to use and watch out for. Here we learn the body language of power, confidence and alphas.

What are some positive body language cues that you can observe in others and adopt yourself in the right moment? In this video we review positive body language.
Rapport building body language when used properly can help with connections in both the business and social world.
Proxemics is a sub category of body language that has to do with how the body interacts with others, objects and the environment. How can you use proxemics to your advantage?
Where does touch fall into body language? Haptics is the subcategory of body language all about touch.
Here we describe two new body language cues called emblems and punctuators and how they help with reading and communicating with people.
How well do you know body language and emotions?
4 questions
Section 5: Human Lie Detection and Body Language
How can you use body language to detect deception? In this video we review how closely human lie detection and body language are linked.
How does body language affect lying?
3 questions
Section 6: Conclusion

Remember that body language video we watched at the beginning of the course from Shark Tank? Let's watch it again and see how many body language cues we have learned--and how many cues we can see in such a short clip!

Shark Tank Videos are owned by and courtesy of ABC:


Here is the video of Britney Spears and some lying red flags. We can see some body language cues we learned as well as I give a sneak peek and free clues into my lie detection science.

Video owned by and courtesy of Dateline:


Color Psychology

Conversation Starters

Body Language for Entrepreneurs 50% off

Make Me Work Harder: Survey

Thanks so much for watching this course! Please see more information and free tips at .

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!

Students Who Viewed This Course Also Viewed

  • Loading
  • Loading
  • Loading

Instructor Biography

Vanessa Van Edwards, 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.

Instructor Biography

Ready to start learning?
Take This Course