The Secrets of Body Language
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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.
4.4 (1,344 ratings)
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Last updated 7/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • Computer speakers

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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Who is the target audience?
  • Employers
  • Employees
  • Parents
  • Daters
  • Public Speakers
  • Doctors
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  • Entrepreneuers
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Curriculum For This Course
24 Lectures
5 Lectures 24:56

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

Preview 00:57

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:

Preview 05:26

Here are all of your materials for the course!

New Research:

Twitter: @vvanedwards

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

Materials for Secrets of Body Language

In this video we discuss why nonverbal behavior is important to study and incorporate in real life.
Preview 08:47

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.
Science Based Body Language Research

Test your knowledge and retention so far!

Quick Check-In
3 questions
Foundations of Body Language
2 Lectures 08:26

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

Foundations of Body Language

This video gives an overview of how the brain reads body language.
How the Brain Views the Body

Take this quiz to test your knowledge so far!

Where Does Body Language Come From?
3 questions
The Face and Microexpressions
4 Lectures 34:20

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.

The Face and Microexpressions

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.
Eye 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.
Head Behavior

How do emotions affect our body language? In this video we discover how body language and emotions are cyclical in nature.
The Cycle of Body Language and Emotions

How much do you know about the face and nonverbal cues?
3 questions
The Body and Emotions
7 Lectures 32:50
In this video we review the signs of nervous body language--what to look out for in others and what to avoid yourself.
Nervous 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.

Power 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.
Positive Body Language

Rapport building body language when used properly can help with connections in both the business and social world.
Rapport Building Body Language

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.
Emblems and Punctuators

How well do you know body language and emotions?
4 questions
Human Lie Detection and Body Language
1 Lecture 03:41
How can you use body language to detect deception? In this video we review how closely human lie detection and body language are linked.
Body Language and Lying

How does body language affect lying?
3 questions
5 Lectures 23:54

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:

Body Language Challenge Re-Visited

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:

Britney Spears

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About the Instructor
Vanessa Van Edwards
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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.

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