Chances are that by the time you open your mouth to speak your body has already spoken volumes.Your body language -- such as your posture, hand gestures and facial expressions -- is a significant communication tool and can be integral when it comes to your relationship-building success.

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Adopt an open position It's a good idea to leave some details to the imagination when you're flirting, but your body language must be open in order for you to appear available in the first place."Simply put, open body language sends the signal that you're interested and includes gestures like facing the person you're interacting with directly, making eye contact and leaning forward," explains Ikka.

"Examples of closed body language include folding your arms across your chest, sitting across from someone with your body angled slightly to the left or right, avoiding eye contact or making tense facial expressions, like frowning." The more poised, open and self-assured you appear, the more comfortable others will feel approaching you. Make eye contact When you lock eyes with someone, you're directing your positive energy toward them, making it more likely that they will be drawn to you.

However, maintaining eye contact can be difficult for some as their nerves kick in."Many people get nervous or shifty when they're attracted to someone.

This is because, in those circumstances, the sense is that the stakes are higher," says Ikka.

"The tendency is to turn away quickly and furtively when they meet that person's eyes, and it inadvertently sends the wrong signal -- that they're not interested."If you find yourself becoming nervous and looking down or shifting your attention elsewhere after making eye contact with someone, remember that your actions could be interpreted as aloof or disinterested.

Locking eyes, on the other hand, can be perceived as flirtatious and sensual.3.

Reach out and make contact The right amount of touching can make a big impression.

"The most powerful form of body language is actual, physical contact," says Ikka.

"If a man is taking a woman out on a first date, for example, he might think it's inappropriate to touch her at all for fear of crossing boundaries.