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You know what they say. You only get one chance to make a great first impression. Maybe that’s why when a brand new group begins, its first small group meeting is so important!
We’ve learned to include the Top 10 Ideas for Your First Meeting in every New Host kit.
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Here’s an example of our Top 10 Ideas for Your First Meeting. Feel free to use our list or even better, create your own!
1. Be sure to refer to the ABCs of a Great Start for Your Connection Group for important tips on making sure your group members come to the meeting.
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2. Plenty of food goes a long way in making your first meeting a relaxed time together. But…make it easy for everyone to bring something. You might be tempted to supply it all, but don’t. Asking each person to bring something to the first meeting helps ensure turnout.
3. Encourage everyone to come a little early and plan on “grabbing a bite together.” There isn’t a one-size-fits-all prescription, but allow at least 30 minutes hangout and eat together time (i.e., if you’re meeting begins at 7:00 p.m., plan on hanging out until 7:30 p.m.).
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4. It’s a good idea to have an icebreaker or two in your pocket for the hangout time. While it definitely helps to have a plate with food on it and a cup with something to drink in it, it’s still a little unnerving for many to have first conversations. Here are a few “while we’re eating questions”:
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