The Secrets of Body Language

Learn how to interpret the body language of the people around you while perfecting your own nonverbal communication.
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  • 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 published author. 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.

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The Secrets of Body Language

Learn how to interpret the body language of the people around you while perfecting your own nonverbal communication.
170 reviews


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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!

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    • Computer speakers
    • Over 23 lectures and 2 hours of content!
    • 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
    • Employers
    • Employees
    • Parents
    • Daters
    • Public Speakers
    • Doctors
    • Lawyers
    • Poker players
    • Entrepreneuers
    • Business Owners
    • Unemployed
    • Daters


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  • SECTION 1:
  • 1
    Introduction to the Course

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

  • 2
    Body Language Challenge

    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:

  • 3
    Materials for Secrets of Body Language

    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:

  • 4
    Why Is Nonverbal Behavior Important?
    In this video we discuss why nonverbal behavior is important to study and incorporate in real life.
  • 5
    Science Based Body Language Research
    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.
  • SECTION 2:
    Foundations of Body Language
  • 6
    Foundations of Body Language

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

  • 7
    How the Brain Views the Body
    This video gives an overview of how the brain reads body language.
  • 8
    Where Does Body Language Come From?
    3 questions
  • SECTION 3:
    The Face and Microexpressions
  • 9
    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.

  • 10
    Eye Behavior
    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.
  • 11
    Head Behavior
    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.
  • 12
    The Cycle of Body Language and Emotions
    How do emotions affect our body language? In this video we discover how body language and emotions are cyclical in nature.
  • 13
    How much do you know about the face and nonverbal cues?
    3 questions
  • SECTION 4:
    The Body and Emotions
  • 14
    Nervous Body Language
    In this video we review the signs of nervous body language--what to look out for in others and what to avoid yourself.
  • 15
    Power Body Language

    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.

  • 16
    Positive Body Language
    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.
  • 17
    Rapport Building Body Language
    Rapport building body language when used properly can help with connections in both the business and social world.
  • 18
    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?
  • 19
    Where does touch fall into body language? Haptics is the subcategory of body language all about touch.
  • 20
    Emblems and Punctuators
    Here we describe two new body language cues called emblems and punctuators and how they help with reading and communicating with people.
  • 21
    How well do you know body language and emotions?
    4 questions
  • SECTION 5:
    Human Lie Detection and Body Language
  • 22
    Body Language and Lying
    How can you use body language to detect deception? In this video we review how closely human lie detection and body language are linked.
  • 23
    How does body language affect lying?
    3 questions
  • SECTION 6:
  • 24
    Body Language Challenge Re-Visited

    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:

  • 25
    Bonus: Britney Spears

    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:

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  • Chirag Bhatt
    Really Enjoyed this Course

    just finished the course and Vanessa did a great job. Learned a lot. Some of the things are farily logical and straighforward but i did learn a lot of subtle things which i can use in my professional and personal life. ty Vanessa

  • Sophia Brandt
    Very good introductory course

    This is a very good intro course and you will get a lot out of it if you are not familiar with body language. The teacher is very enthusiastic and explains concepts well. You can easily follow her. The video and sound quality is good. I especially like how Vanessa set up challenges with reality tv series as they are a good measurement of your learning progress. I would have liked more practice videos and a more indepth approach. If you already know a little bit about body language because of books or TED talks you won't get that much new material. For an absolute beginner this course is excellent.

  • Andrew Butcher
    Just as good as Vanessa's lie detection course

    I enjoyed this one just as much as the lie detection course.

  • Vishnu Prasad
    Not recommended you can get free tips from YouTube

    If you are looking for a problem seeker by purchasing this I would not recommend this at all you can find even better videos in youtube through "TED" wasted my money for just the same advise I got from youtube which is completely free. And even worse when I tried to contact the author through her blog as she suggested to "write back all your problems" she didn't even reply me and today i see the post I made was flagged this isn't professional Vanessa sorry to tell you this but for sure you just need money nothing else.

  • Nathy Curiel
    Love this course

    This is mine second course of Vanessa and it is amazing. If you want to learn about Body Language this is the course to start with !

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