Clubhouse thoughts

I’m trying out Clubhouse over the next few weeks by hosting some meetings. I’m keen to find or create a more positive social media experience – with less hate, more support, aimed at making things better. If you’re on there and want to have conversation about aspects of performance science support, here are some upcoming meetings;

Monday 15th Feb at 4pm UK: Performance Science Support: State of Play

In clubhouse rooms, please be respectful, by all means just listen, contribute if you can, ask questions, challenge but in a positive way. Let’s make a social networking experience that leaves you feeling energised and uplifted as a consequence of connection.

The Clubhouse app (ios only at the moment) is an interesting new form of social networking and media. It is audio only meetings and presentations in held in virtual ‘rooms’. There are clubs which are effectively like a network which are hosted by the same people, creating discussions around a few topics or campaigns.

My first impressions are that you’re dropping into some interesting conversations. If you filter by topic and follow certain people it looks like you get prompts about interesting and relevant rooms.

There are speakers ‘on stage’ (i.e. granted the opportunity to speak), where the norm is to mute whenever other people are talking. This can help clean up the experience and prevent background chatter and noise – but in recent tests with a few colleagues, we found the experience much more engaging when we all unmuted and started conversing. I think the norm would simply be to mute yourself if there if you feel it necessary to help the conversation e.g. some noise at your end.

Moderators help manage the room, by promoting people to the ‘stage’, muting people, moving people back to the audience or removing people all together. The audience is simply in listen mode and there is an opportunity (though this can be disabled) to raise your hand for the chance to contribute.

I’m interested in a) the tone of the collaboration and connection that could be created on the platform and b) how people think this platform could be used to drive the performance industry forward.

From my first experiences in rooms and hosting meetings, here are some observations;

  • Be aware of who you are listening to, there’s lot of people claiming expertise with the main tool of hype
  • There is a high volume of content, making it difficult to navigate and find quality
  • There is great potential to connect and network. At the moment this is very much potential – it’s certainly untapped for the sports performance industry.
  • In discussion with others there is an opportunity for; a) coffee room style conversations that gives a free form experience e.g. ‘ask anything’; b) discuss research and it’s impact; c) discuss the skills, craft and practice of applying science to performance
  • There’s good and bad aspects to the impermanence (the conversations are not recorded) to the conversations
  • There is an opportunity to role model positive professional behaviours for upcoming professionals
  • There is an ease to setting up a meeting, it’s informal

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