Vanessa Van Edwards is a published author and behavioral investigator.
As an acclaimed writer, Vanessa is a professional people watcher—speaking, writing and cracking the code of interesting human behavior for audiences around the world. Her specialty is human lie detection and body language in business. But the unique approach of her company, the ScienceofPeople.org has reached all audiences on CNN, Forbes, Business Week and the Wall Street Journal and she is a sought after consultant and speaker.
Vanessa is a published Penguin author and a Huffington Post columnist. She regularly gives keynotes and appears in the media to talk about her research.
“Vanessa’s presentation got rave reviews from my team. It is useful in so many ways and everyone on the team really enjoyed it. Her 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 got into social and emotional intelligence research and development while writing her first website, RadicalParenting.com, which focuses specifically on youth behavior and helping families and parents. Radical Parenting actually spun out of her first book, which she wrote when she was just 16 and then later released a book with Penguin Books USA on how parents can use emotional intelligence to better understand their children.
As she got older, she began to broaden her research and started the ScienceofPeople.org where she currently continues to write about human behavior and the latest science developments about lie detection. She also started to work with corporate brands and individuals to help them use social and emotional intelligence to improve website traffic, sales and branding.
“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
In 2012, on an impulse, Vanessa entered into the Start Up Weekend competition in Portland, OR. She never dreamed her idea would take first place. She realized her knowledge of human behavior could tap into many technology phenomenon and co-founded Dream Up Labs to tackle the Pinterest sensation as their first project.
She regularly gives keynotes and appears in the media to talk about her work and unique background. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Business Week, Forbes, Family Circle Magazine, Teen Vogue, CBS, Fox, AM Northwest and more.
“Vanessa is a dynamic and polished speaker. Everyone who joined her presentation on “Reading Your Audience” enjoyed her practical tips on gauging honesty and interest through non-verbal cues. Her photo and video examples brought the subject to life, and it was well-tailored to the group and time frame. We would definitely ask her back for more presentations.”
–Emily Ediger, Portland State University Business Accelerator