“Worrying is Not an Investment in Failure Prevention.”: Vanessa Van Edwards at WDS


Big news: we’ll soon be releasing tickets for WDS 2018, our 8th annual gathering of creative, remarkable people taking place next summer in beautiful Portland, Oregon. I’d love to see you there!

For the last 7 years tickets for WDS have sold out, so make sure to join the waiting list to be the first to get notified. The next ticket sale is Wednesday, October 25th!

Leading up to the sale, I’ll be sharing speaker videos from this past year’s 2017 event—and here’s our first:

Vanessa Van Edwards is a behavioral investigator and published author. She runs a human behavior research lab where she uncovers the hidden forces that drive our behavior called the Science of People. Vanessa is fascinated by body language, leadership, and charisma. Her innovative work has been featured on NPR, Business Week and USA Today and Vanessa’s new book, Captivate will help you be the most memorable person in the room.

Sitting in the audience 4 years ago, Vanessa vowed that if she ever got to the WDS stage, she would share the full story behind her success. Behind the scenes is years and years of hustle, failure, finding the right people, and building a team. Check out the video below as she shares this story with the WDS community:

“Behind every business, every pretty dress, everyone is wearing a pair of Spanx to hold in the wobbly stuff, my friends! Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.”

“It’s not about finding the most people, it’s about finding the right people.”

“Creatives know that when you put yourself into something and people reject it, it feels like they’re rejecting you. So I just want to be honest and tell you that that failure almost broke me.’”

Want to know more about WDS and how you can join us?

Every summer, over 1,500+ people travel from all over the world to Portland, Oregon for this immersive experience in life, work, and travel. With main-stage keynote speakers, hundreds of attendee-led meetups, more than a dozen workshops known as “Academies,” two big parties, and a ridiculous number of new friends high-fiving you on street corners, it’s a truly engaging and life-changing experience.

And the best part is you! What will you bring to the WDS experience and community?

Tickets go on sale October 25th, 2017—mark your calendar and set an alarm!

To be the first to get notified when the ticket sale goes live, join the waiting list.


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