Body Language

Learn how to read and use body language to build rapport and improve your professional relationships.

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Course overview


CPD Accredited

18 online lessons

Digital certificate

Real-life examples

1.5 hours of learning

Course outcomes

Understand how body language aids communication

Become aware of what message your body is sending to others

Effectively read and understand facial expressions, eye contact, hand gestures, and other body language cues

Improve the way you communicate and connect with deliberate body language

Move, gesture, and stand with poise and confidence

Use your body language to convey calm and authority in difficult situations

Learn key body language techniques for successful networking, business meetings, and presentations

Experts agree that only 7% of our communication is verbal, and the remaining 93% is made up of non-verbal communication: our tone and body language.

We all use non-verbal communication every day and barely pay attention to what our bodies are saying about us or if our tone and body language match the message we are speaking.

Oftentimes, body language is subconscious. At its most instinctive level, it is the ability humans have to sum up a situation (or person) quickly.

Your posture, hand gestures, the tone of voice you use, inflections you give to words, pauses in presentations, your eye movements, and even what you wear, can all convey meaning. They can work together to help you make a powerful first impression, build authentic relationships, and influence and persuade people.

In the new course, you'll learn everything you need to know about body language, from casual conversations to presentations to stakeholders.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to deliberately use positive body language to help you become a more effective communicator.

Course content

  • An overview of the course and learning objectives. Learn how to communicate better with your body language and why it's important.
  • Course overview
  • Effectively communicate without words
  • Learn how to read the body language of others, including example videos to highlight specific techniques and the importance of active listening.
  • Overview: Interpreting body language
  • Example: Positive and negative body language
  • Misreading body language
  • Body language and constructive listening
  • More on reacting to non-verbal signals
  • Example: Research on observing body language
  • Understand how to use different nonverbal communication techniques, from handshaking to body posture to mirroring. This section covers the key techniques you should be using.
  • Overview: Purposeful nonverbal communication
  • Handshakes
  • Facial expressions
  • Body posture
  • Mirroring
  • Tone of voice and delivery
  • Hand gestures
  • Eye contact
  • Proxemics
  • Cultural awareness

Practice exercises

Practice your body language in a range of practice exercises in virtual reality. Learn how to use body language in a range of settings, and get feedback on your performance.

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