A Final Challenge

08.08.2016 |

Episode #10 of the course Scientifically proven ways to increase your influence by Vanessa Van Edwards



Thank you for taking this journey with me. I can’t wait to hear about all the changes you’re about to make.

By digging deep into the science of influence and harnessing your charisma, you will be able to successfully navigate personal interactions. You’ll be able to make a strong impression on the people you meet and be remembered.

Before we part ways, I want to offer you one more challenge.

Dr. Laura King performed a research experiment trying to figure out the scientific causes of happiness. She found expressive writing is one activity that boosts happiness levels.

We learned that happiness is contagious and influential people spread positivity. So I want to leave you feeling awesome so you can share the love.


The Final Challenge

I challenge you to write about your ideal future.

I want you to explore where you want to be in five years.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

There’s another secret reason why this is my final challenge to you. Whenever I’m teaching, writing, or speaking, I have one goal—to make sure you feel great with me. I always want to leave you happier and more knowledgeable than when we first met.

And making you feel awesome also makes me feel awesome.

If you want to go the extra mile, you can even send me your ideal self-entry. I love hearing from you!

Now that you’ve finished the course, here’s a quick summary of what you’ve learned:

10 Science-Backed Steps to Increase Your Influence:

1. Turn people on: Abandon social scripts and use dopamine-worthy conversation starters.

2. Be emotionally horny: To be interesting, you have to be interested. Get people talking about themselves and genuinely listen.

3. Get physical: Use power body language to influence others, and also to feel more influential yourself.

4. The power of stories: Create your very own story toolbox to help engage and stimulate your listeners.

5. Get naked (emotionally, that is): Be open and honest about your vulnerabilities.

6. Ask for favors: Asking for favors in an authentic way to help you be perceived as more likable.

7. Get contagious: Be charismatic nonverbally with the 3 Ts: tilt, torso, and toes.

8. Color psychology: The colors you wear can affect your mood.

9. Difficult people: Don’t let the difficult people in your life become toxic.

10. Final challenge: Write about your ideal future. Where do you see yourself in five years?


Get our other free course: The Secrets of Body Language

Have you ever wished you could know what someone is thinking? Or wondered what your nonverbal behavior is saying to the outside world? Body language is a great way to find out more about yourself and the people you interact with.

In this course, I will teach you how to read people’s nonverbal behavior and improve your own with actionable tips. You’ll learn how to use power body language, facial expressions, and other nonverbal cues to have more authentic, effective, and meaningful relationships.

And be sure to check out Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People for even more on the science of influence.

Do you wish you could decode people? Do you want a formula for charisma? Do you want to know exactly what to say to your boss, your date or your networking partner? You need to know how people work.

Thank you for taking this journey with me!


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Recommended book

“I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t)” by Brené Brown


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