This is the language where you don't need any words. Women have been doing it for hundreds of years to attract the man they want. Becoming fluent in body language will ensure that you will be skilled in attracting the right man and sending the get-lost signal to the wrong man.

Eyeing up the prize

The more eye contact you establish with the target, the better. Start with some sidelong glances. Then, begin with direct eye contact. Once he turns to meet your gaze, immediately lower your eyes and smile to yourself, this will tell him that you were watching him and are embarrassed that he caught you - a sure sign of interest. Next, be bold and try holding his stare, flashing a small, open-lipped smile.

If there is a man that is giving you the eye and you are not interested look away from him and don't look back at him again. When in conversation, looking at the ceiling and all around the room also shows a definite lack of interest.

First impressions count

You leave your home ready to go to a party when you spot your gorgeous neighbour and he doesn't give you a second glance. Why? Because you aren't dressed your best. When you enter a room most people look to see who has come in. This is when you have to make an impression. Looking your best will make you feel your best. So make sure that you look your best before you leave your front door, and you never know you might just attract the attention of that gorgeous neighbour.

The hand job (no not what you are thinking)

Even without direct contact, your hands can send very powerful messages. There are a number of ways to convey that you want to get to know someone. Keeping your hands unclenched shows you're open to him. Using your hands to caress objects, such as the rim of your glass, locks of your hair, or the sleeve of your blouse, in a rhythmic (as opposed to fidgety) manner, can be a sensual act. And for the braver hands, try picking fluff off his jacket, touching him to punctuate a point, or using the "accidental touch" when reaching for the salt.

Hands that are jammed in pockets, busy cleaning glasses, or balled in tight fists are all bad signs. Fingers tapping, drumming, pointing, or wagging are also signals to move on.

Stand out

Your posture is one of the most telling signals you transmit. An open posture is evidence of an open person. Turning your body toward the man you're conversing with, keeping your feet flat on the floor and leaning forward are actions that show interest. As well, slightly tilting your head, crossing and uncrossing your legs, and thrusting your chest forward give the message that you are interested.

As for ways to send a man packing, crossing your arms, holding a drink high in front of you, turning your body away or resting your feet on their toes will tell a person you are not interested.

A few extra tips

Hopefully by now, you have an attack plan and a clear idea of when it's time to get down and dirty or when you're best just to wave the white flag. Here are just a few more tips when trying to perfect your body language skills:

  • You'll know things are going really well when you begin "mirroring" one another's body language and gestures.
  • Don't tease him by offering more than you plan to follow through. This can lead to very ugly circumstances.
  • Chain smoking, being extremely intoxicated, or having eyes only for your plate of food will not put you in the best standing for the body language game.
  • If you try your hand at it, and he's not responding, abort the mission immediately.
  • Following him around all night will only make you look needy and desperate.
  • And finally, if all else fails, buy yourself a T-shirt that reads, "Looking for Love."

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