Dominate STL-Discussion/Tip

Introductions-Mentors Introduce self

Each Dominate Gent introduce themselves, (Name, birthday, favorite song)

Introduce Dominate Rules, Pledge/Distribute bands/lanyards

*complete pre-surveys

Dominate Etiquette Tip: The Art of Introduction to Handshakes, Head Nods, and Creating the Expectation for Non-Violent Interactions

In today's lesson, we will delve into the important skill of creating activities for young men to practice the art of introductions, handshakes, head nods, and creating the expectation for non-violent interactions.

These skills are essential for building positive relationships and developing strong leadership qualities. By mastering these social skills, young men can navigate social interactions with confidence and respect for others.


To begin, let's explore the art of handshakes. Teach your students the proper technique, emphasizing the importance of a firm but not overpowering grip. Encourage them to look the other person in the eye and smile when shaking hands, as this demonstrates sincerity and warmth.

Create role-play activities where each student takes turns introducing themselves and engaging in a handshake. Provide feedback and guidance on their technique, highlighting areas for improvement and recognizing their successes.

Head Nods

Next, let's discuss the significance of head nods in communication. Teach your students that head nods are a non-verbal way of showing attentiveness and agreement. Encourage them to actively listen by nodding their heads during conversations and discussions.

To practice this skill, initiate a group discussion and ask each student to nod their heads when they agree with a point or when they want to indicate that they are actively engaged in the conversation. This activity not only reinforces the importance of respectful communication but also fosters a sense of community and shared understanding.

Non-Violent Interactions

Lastly, focus on creating the expectation for non-violent interactions. Explain to your students that violence is never an acceptable solution to conflicts and encourage them to seek peaceful resolutions. Engage them in discussions about the consequences of violence and brainstorm alternative strategies for handling disagreements.

Facilitate activities that simulate conflict scenarios and guide them through the process of finding non-violent solutions. This will empower young men to develop problem-solving skills and promote a culture of respect and empathy.

Remember, mastering the art of introductions, handshakes, head nods, and non-violent interactions is crucial for young men as they embark on their journey to becoming future leaders. By providing them with opportunities to practice and reinforcing the importance of these skills, we are equipping them with the tools to navigate social interactions with grace, confidence, and respect.

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