You communicate with more than your mouth.
We’ve all heard this. The way the eyes shine, the confidence of position, the elevation of the eyebrows.
A roomful of willing students and one adult is like a bunch of dogs with their owner. Each student keeps a keen eye on the teacher, watching for any sign of disapproval that may emanate from his behavior. When pleasure is communicated, the joy is obvious through the demeanor of the teenager. When the leader’s hesitation becomes evident, the student may become silent and tentative.
As a student myself, I’ve learned to watch the adult for my cues. It’s important to me. Why? Because he influences the attitude of the rest of the group towards me, either positively or negatively.
As a youth leader, you have the opportunity to wake someone up or shut him down based on your reactions. Remember this.