The Power of Body Language

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What Will You Learn?

  • numbers Learn how body language affects perception and how to read other people.
  • numbers Better understand how to control your own body language cues to make the best impression.
  • numbers Reveal what physical cues and behaviors may signal deception.
  • numbers Examine microexpressions and why they are so difficult to control.

Course Overview

A first impression can make or break a successful interaction, whether it’s in the office, at a party, or on a date. Before you speak or even shake hands, the first way you communicate with others is through body language and facial expression. Consider just a few of the messages you are sending to someone upon first look: Do you exude confidence, or are you visibly nervous? Are your shoulders pulled back and your posture straight, or do you have your hands shoved in your pockets? Do you make eye contact, or shift your gaze around the room?

Join CreativeLive instructor and body language expert Vanessa Van Edwards to learn how to use nonverbal communication to become the most memorable person in any room. In The Power of Body Language, Ms. Van Edwards will show you how to read people by gauging their visual cues, how to use body language to your advantage in meetings, and how to tell if people are lying. Ms. Van Edwards will even cover voice modulation so you can impress clients in phone conversations, as well as “statement analysis” to help you write powerful emails, website copy, and even business cards. By the end of the 27 lectures in this course, you’ll be able to identify exactly what impression your verbal and nonverbal language is giving, and how to make a powerful, positive impact on everyone around you.

What Are You Saying?

Self-assessment is an important tool when determining the impression that you make and how to adjust your behaviors to present yourself in the best way possible. To that end, you begin your exploration of nonverbal communication by learning more about yourself, what you want to accomplish, and how to make adjustments to your current habits. Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to practice through exercises and assessments that will help you understand the many facets of nonverbal communication in different environments and scenarios. Ms. Van Edwards also teaches you how to read other people, looking at facial expressions and body language and focusing on what they convey about confidence, fear, comfort, deception, and more.

When you know the impression you are making, you gain the power to control your nonverbal reactions in a wide variety of situations and present a more confident, self-assured face to the world. With Ms. Van Edward’s help, you can even learn to have better control over reactions that would usually be involuntary. By the time you have completed this course, you will have a solid understanding of how to:

  • Master nonverbal communication;
  • Make better first impressions;
  • Increase your confidence;
  • Decode other people’s emotions;
  • Spot deception;
  • Modulate your voice; and more.

With these tools at your disposal, you will learn how to be a better communicator and a more attentive listener. Whether you want to impress your boss, make new friends, or simply be more comfortable in social situations, effective nonverbal communication can help improve both your business and personal relationships.

Be Memorable

Body language is not just about being better understood; it’s also about creating a positive image for yourself and your business. Your ability to present yourself in the best possible way from the very start of any interaction will play a crucial role in how people remember you and how likely they are to trust you.

Read the Room

While it’s true that there are cultural and generational differences in the way people present themselves, there are also universal elements of nonverbal communication that everyone experiences and everyone can learn to identify. Facial expressions are one of these elements—no matter where you go, humans express emotions like happiness, confusion, or fear on their faces in the same identifiable ways. Understanding these expressions can enable you to read situations better; they can also help you notice subtle cues known as microexpressions that can be the key to spotting a lie.

Knowing when someone is trying to deceive you is certainly a useful tool, but what about being honest and clear in your own nonverbal communications? As you will learn, successful interactions can be derailed by dishonesty, especially lies of omission. When you are afraid someone may ask a difficult question or broach a painful subject, your body language can reveal your discomfort and set you up for an awkward exchange. Ms. Van Edwards shows why being upfront about potential issues and being open to acknowledging them can ensure smoother communication and make conversation much easier.

Small things—such as what your face and body say when you are omitting the truth—demonstrate exactly why reading the facial and behavioral cues of those around you is a vital key to successful communication. Equally important is understanding what you are saying with your gestures and expressions. Are you nodding impatiently? Tapping your foot? Breaking eye contact frequently? You may not always realize you are doing these things, but you would certainly notice if someone else communicated “bored” or “irritated” in such a clear manner. As you progress through The Power of Body Language, you will become more aware of—and in control of—these and other “tells.”

Your Best You

Ms. Van Edwards doesn’t limit her guidance to just reading facial expressions or looking at body language. The Power of Body Language also provides you with a guide to creating and honing your personal brand by applying your knowledge of behavior and personal image to other facets of your life and work. You will also learn:

  • Negotiation tips,
  • Best practices for email, phone, and other communication,
  • How to use body language in photography, and
  • Communication “hacks” that give you an edge.

Filmed with a live audience, The Power of Body Language is designed as an ongoing conversation, incorporating questions and audience experience into each lesson. An ideal combination of practical and theoretical elements, this course will allow you to not only better understand the concepts behind nonverbal communication, but to also better practice what you learn every day.

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27 lectures
 |  Average 34 minutes each
  • 1
    Body Language Quiz and First Impressions
    Body Language Quiz and First Impressions x
  • 2
    Elevator Pitch Clinic
    Elevator Pitch Clinic x
  • 3
    How Body Language Changes Perception
    How Body Language Changes Perception x
  • 4
    Microexpressions: Decoding the Face
    Microexpressions: Decoding the Face x
  • 5
    Microexpressions Continued
    Microexpressions Continued x
  • 6
    Discovering & Addressing Emotional Needs
    Discovering & Addressing Emotional Needs x
  • 7
    Questions & Self-Diagnosis
    Questions & Self-Diagnosis x
  • 8
    How Your Body Reacts
    How Your Body Reacts x
  • 9
    Power Body Language
    Power Body Language x
  • 10
    Lie Detection Challenge
    Lie Detection Challenge x
  • 11
    Perfect Elevator Pitch
    Perfect Elevator Pitch x
  • 12
    Elevator Pitch Mistakes & Fixes
    Elevator Pitch Mistakes & Fixes x
  • 13
    Elevator Pitch Practice & Critique
    Elevator Pitch Practice & Critique x
  • 14
    Networking Body Language Tips
    Networking Body Language Tips x
  • 15
    Increasing Income with Nonverbal Actions
    Increasing Income with Nonverbal Actions x
  • 16
    Nonverbal Sales Pitch
    Nonverbal Sales Pitch x
  • 17
    Reading Their Cues
    Reading Their Cues x
  • 18
    Verbal Mirroring & Sales Mistakes
    Verbal Mirroring & Sales Mistakes x
  • 19
    Human Lie Detection Steps 1-3
    Human Lie Detection Steps 1-3 x
  • 20
    Human Lie Detection Steps 4-5
    Human Lie Detection Steps 4-5 x
  • 21
    Human Lie Detection Steps 6-7
    Human Lie Detection Steps 6-7 x
  • 22
    Putting Your New Skills to the Test
    Putting Your New Skills to the Test x
  • 23
    Your Nonverbal Brand
    Your Nonverbal Brand x
  • 24
    Body Language for Photographers
    Body Language for Photographers x
  • 25
    Body Language Hacks
    Body Language Hacks x
  • 26
    Negotiation Tips
    Negotiation Tips x
  • 27
    Students Pitch with Their New Skills
    Students Pitch with Their New Skills x

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  • 27 lectures on 3 DVDs
  • 32-page printed course supplement
  • Downloadable PDF of the course guidebook
  • FREE video streaming of the course from our website and mobile apps
  • Closed captioning available

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Course Guidebook Details:
  • 32-page printed course supplement
  • Charts
  • Worksheets
  • Bibliography

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Vanessa Van Edwards

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Vanessa Van Edwards
Vanessa is Lead Investigator at Science of People. She is the bestselling author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People. Her book has been translated into 15 different languages and more than 20 million people watch her on YouTube. Vanessa shares tangible skills to improve interpersonal communication and leadership, including her insights on how people work. She’s developed a science-based framework for...
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The Power of Body Language is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the best! Highly recommended if you want to unlock the secrets of body language. Engaging and full of activities and interactive - not a ‘lecture’ although full of scientific facts and most importantly how to put them in practice in a day to day setting. There’s a live audience - workshop style.
Date published: 2020-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Presented very well, with examples, book unworthy I have over 30 courses now. This one is a topic I have high interest in. I would have given the course 5 stars but the book which is included is not very helpful. When you go to the website which the course tells you to for additional quizzes, the expected info is missing. I did a lot of searching to find the quizzes so far and I am only on the second DVD. For the money I expected a bit more continuity. However the content is so far outstanding.
Date published: 2020-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Practical Course I'm glad I purchased this course. "The Power of Body Language" does a good job of combing what we currently know about the subject of body language into one comprehensive course. This is an especially good resource for those entering the business world, or who are unfamiliar of the science of body language. Of all the instructors I’ve seen, Vanessa is one of TGC's most dynamic and engaging. Hopefully we'll see more courses from her in the future. Something that I liked was the use of audience questions to clarify various points--its very effective. One drawback is the brevity of the guidebook. I would have preferred a longer, more detailed coursebook. Also, viewers should be aware that the research done by Amy Cuddy on power posing (a source for some of the information in this course) is somewhat controversial. Criticisms aside, this is a good resource for business professionals, or anyone who has to make a lot of presentations--making it one of TGC's more practical offerings. This course combines a lot of useful information in a nicely presented format. As a last note, one section I especially enjoyed was the chapter on photography.
Date published: 2020-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining and enlightening I've been studying negotiating techniques and realized how important body language is to every day communication. I also realized how little I knew about how body language is perceived and how I can use it to influence and communicate my point of view. I did really enjoy this course and learned a great deal of useful information. I also felt like that the advice was evidence based and not just popular opinions. In the end I was rooting for the students in the class and thought that their participation added more depth and understanding.
Date published: 2020-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Distracting and superfluous The smarmy couple monitoring the chat comments interrupt the flow of Vanessa's lecture. No topic raised by online participants demonstrated anything other than a lack of attention to the topic at hand. The disruptions distract dramatically and provide little beside camera time for earnest little paramours.
Date published: 2020-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating and Worthwhile (Be aware that this course is produced by CreativeLive, not by The Great Courses. This in no way diminishes its excellent quality. The difference is, this course is more casual than most TGC offerings, and the instructor answers questions from the live audience, and uses audience members to demonstrate many of her points.) This is an outstanding course in all respects. Ms. Van Edwards is highly knowledgeable, enthusiastic, clear, well-organized, and fascinating. I had no problem maintaining focus. She is also excellent at responding during the non-scripted audience question times, and when using the audience members to illustrate her teaching. I particularly appreciate her using only actual research findings rather than intuition as the basis for the course, as well as making it clear when she is only giving an opinion, and especially being honest when she does not know the answer to a question (which does not happen often). Remarkably, our instructor describes herself as "a recovering awkward person." There is certainly no trace of that here. All of us have some basic familiarity with body language, just from living around other people. But I was amazed at how much careful research has been done in this area, and at how much there was to learn which I had never considered before. Aside from being inherently fascinating, the material is potentially helpful to all of us in our day to day interactions. This course focuses on the business environment, but the vast majority of the material is also applicable to social and romantic relationships. I only wish I knew how to get my brain to remain aware of all of this information while at the same time actually dealing with others! Hopefully this will come with practice. I have no significant criticisms. If you have any interest in this area, or any interest in interacting with other human beings, you will be glad you have taken this course - as well as have fun watching it. Enjoy!
Date published: 2020-02-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cheaply made, not filmed by The Great Courses. The DVD's cause my DVD player to seize up, requiring that I unplug it to enable the eject button to function. It's immediately apparent that the course was not filmed by The Great Courses. Of the several dozen courses I've purchased from them, I've never encountered that before. Plus, the supplier they bought it from cheaply packaged it, cramming six DVDs onto one post in the single DVD case.
Date published: 2019-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Far MORE useful information than expected ….and after 70 years I thought I knew this stuff. If you think you can just MIRROR the body language of someone else, well HA! -- everybody does that (and it’s a joke). How about learning some REAL substance instead? I’ve learned that “beauty & brains” are nice – but can sometimes be boring. However with added personal warmth, organization & charisma – that describes Vanessa. She’s beyond awesome. I’d give her course 6 stars. This classroom setting with lecture, questions and participation from the audience was the reason I took 25 pages of notes. WOW – it made me realize where I’d blown it in the past, plus answered [superbly] some personal situations years back. This is one of those courses so crammed with information that intellectually – you can’t just give it mental ascent. Instead, you have to WATCH it (visual, you know?) many times over to SEE (and practice) it yourself. Take note TGC: Yes – I’d buy ANY course from this teacher.
Date published: 2019-10-17
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