Today on the podcast, Sean speaks with Patrick Snow regarding the successful use of preteen volunteers.
Patrick has successfully chosen preteens for years and brought them up on stage as volunteers while working with Superstart!. The ability to bring a preteen up on stage and interact with the lesson has been a very successful tool. The risk of bringing a preteen on stage to help demonstrate something in the lesson is a risk that has to be taken because it will make the lesson that much more successful.
1. Be incredibly clear what you are asking a preteen to come and do before even inviting them on stage.
2. Don’t pick the first hand that comes up. Be choosy in who you pick as a volunteer. By choosing the preteen that will fit what you want to happen on stage will help in the delivery of the message.
3. Never make the preteen feel like they did something wrong if they come up and don’t do what you needed them to do. Try to turn whatever they have done into a win. Sometimes you might need to guide them into the answer that you want them to give.
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