A 👋 Clubhouse etiquette for moderators and guests

Gestures and cues

As the interface is still very limited, people came up with clever workarounds to make the most out of the available possibilities.

  • Muting yourself as an unmistakable sign that you finished talking (do this as often as possible)
  • Applauding by tapping the mute/unmute button fast and repeatedly (works only on stage)
  • Raising your hand as a sign you want to be involved in the discussion (do this often)
  • Leaving the stage as a sign that you currently cannot speak or sometimes not even pay attention
  • Unmuting yourself while on stage, as a sign that you want to say something right now (be very careful with this as it is interrupting)

Participation by default: raise your hand anytime

Most of the time rooms in Clubhouse are about having a conversation. Even if you don’t know the speakers, even if they are world-famous, assume that you can raise your hand and come on stage if you have something valuable to contribute. This includes questions. So whenever you feel like contributing something, raise your hand. Only the moderators will see this so you don’t disturb anyone.

When arriving on stage, wait for the moderator to call on you

Moderators typically accept your raised hand right away. So when you entered the stage, generally wait for the moderator to call you out. You should mute yourself, otherwise expect a moderators to do this for you.

Make an effort to limit your talk to 1 minute

Clubhouse as medium supports to have long-form conversations. But especially in larger rooms, whenever you speak, try to keep in mind that others may want to contribute as well. As a rule of thumb, don’t talk longer than 1 minute in one go. You’ll soon get a feeling for whether it is OK to reply in longer form.

In large rooms trim your contribution even more

Minimize intros — people can see your name and easily check out your bio on demand. You can introduce yourself but do it as fast as possible, ideally in one sentence. Focus on profile information that is highly relevant for the current topic or the thing you are going to say. As you didn’t provide any value yet when you start talking, a long introduction will be seen as self-promotion and typically not well received.

Help to keep the stage audience small

This advice depends on the format of conversation but generally an event benefits from not having too many people on stage. It allows to watch for signals and helps to guide the conversation. It has several advantages if people go back from the stage after they made a contribution and are not part of the moderator team.

Take your bio page seriously

Put as much content about yourself in the bio as you like. This is the place for self-promotion and additional remarks about yourself. If people are interested and click your bio, they don’t mind reading a lot of things.

Take unmuting as a sign that someone wants to talk

As we don’t see gestures in Clubhouse, it is the little things that are important to guide a conversation. When on stage, mute yourself by default. Sometimes the moderator will do this for you, so pay attention if you didn’t unmute yourself. When you want to say something, unmute yourself.

Finish audibly and visibly

It is sometimes hard to judge if a person has finished a point. You can contribute with clear language and by going mute directly after you finished talking.

Pass on the microphone (optional)

As a guest speaker, you can consider passing on the mic to other people on the panel if you think it is appropriate. This is not only a sign of the end of your sentence, it can also help clarify what comes next. Most of the time the moderator will be glad about not having to steer the conversation. It also avoids that more than one person tries to speak.

Allow the moderator to say something while others talk

It is the role of the moderator to guide the conversation. In real life, a moderator can work with gestures but in Clubhouse that is not (yet) the case. So please don’t take it as rude if the moderator sometimes cuts people off. Most important, don’t take this as behavior that you can mimic.

  1. unmuting myself
  2. unmuting myself repeatedly (not too fast to be misinterpreted as applause)
  3. approving with words like “yes” or “mhh” or “aha” while the person is still talking
  4. start talking at the end of a sentence, for example, “thank you x, this is a lot of insights to digest”
  5. jumping in the middle of the sentence “excuse me”

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Achim Rothe

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