Don’t let men come into a “dead” room—play background music, a video, etc. when possible.
Do ask someone to volunteer to be a greeter so that each man is acknowledge and recognized.
Do provide snacks and drinks when possible—this helps create a welcoming and friendly environment.
Do work within your style and personality, while at the same time encouraging new ideas to reinforce the group process.
Don’t bring up controversial issues, such as politics, religion, sex, homosexuality or female-bashing.
Do use themes men can relate to, like current events, holidays, sports, hunting or funny commercials.
Do play the same high-energy song each week to signify that the meeting is starting.
Do begin your group meeting with 3 to 10 minutes of an activity or video that encourages laughter and relaxation. Talk up the lesson to be presented and welcome the men in attendance.
Do wrap up each lesson by sharing announcements, responding briefly with statements and stories that reinforce ideas from the lesson. Highlight an action step from the workbook, and then dismiss the men to their campfire groups.