Taking on this role improves your ability to read body language. The majority of all communication is nonverbal. The Body Language Monitor role helps everyone become more aware of their speaking posture, gestures, body movement, facial expressions, and eye contact.
- At the beginning of the meeting, the Toastmaster explains the Theme and introduces you.
- In a minute or less, explain your role as the Body Language Monitor according to Gestures: Your Body Speaks.
- Be sure to incorporate both the Toastmaster’s Theme and the Grammarian/Ah-Counter’s Word of the Day.
Monitor Body Language
- During the meeting, your role is to write a report on the following:
- Body movements
- Facial expressions
- Eye contact
- Check out Alyssa Tan’s presentation on how to be a good Body Language Monitor:
- At the end of the meeting, the Toastmaster calls on you to give your report in a minute or less:
- There will be nowhere near enough time for your entire report. Just give the highlights!
- Emphasize exemplary body language.
- Again, incorporate both the Toastmaster’s Theme and the Grammarian/Ah-Counter’s Word of the Day.
- Above all, because Toastmasters is laser-focused on positive reinforcement, be sure to use the sandwich method whenever you give feedback by layering all constructive remarks with positive ones.