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Body language can say a great deal more than the words we use. There are three main types of body language that you need to think about as part of your speaking and listening skills - eye contact, body position and gesture and movement.

Different types of body language

Body language is the most important aspect of face-to-face communication. Anything you say can be enhanced or undermined by how you sit or stand or how you move your eyes. If you look bored then the audience will be.

The purpose of any face-to-face communication is to engage the people you are talking to. They will then listen to what you have to say. If your body language is right, they will already be persuaded that you are worth listening to.

There are three main types of body language:

  • eye contact
  • body position
  • gesture and movement

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