The difference between a good experience and a ‘meh’ experience in a room on Clubhouse is significant, but it’s not hard to achieve.

Clubhouse can best be described as a social audio version of a conference. There are keynote addresses from prominent names, breakout rooms of interactive discussion, and the hallway conversations that just pop up.

If you’re looking to host a room with a mix of speakers and audience, you'll want engagement and a healthy discussion. And the best way to do that is by being a gracious host.

With a few simple tips and some helpful resources, you’ll…

The meteoric rise of Clubhouse is rooted in the history of coffee-houses

What we’re witnessing now on Clubhouse (and other social audio apps) is nothing less than than a compressed version of history.

☕ Coffee-houses began as public places to gather and have discussions about news, politics, and ideas in the Middle East in the 1400s and become an integral part of London life in the late 1600s.

🏛 This gave rise to generations of scientists, politicians, and taste-makers that drove culture.

🎙 Some interactions are lectures, others are debates and discussions. You can show up to be part of a celebrity’s audience, or you can become an active panelist and speaker.

The meteoric rise of Clubhouse is rooted in the history of coffee-houses

Interior of a London Coffee-House by Unknown, c. 1690 (Shared via a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike license, © Trustees of the British Museum)

“Clubs happen because of the elementary truth that we like to be with our own kind, with whom we can be ourselves and let our hair down.” — Anthony Lejeune, 2012

You’ve undoubtedly heard about the app Clubhouse.

The real-time social audio app has gained steam since launching last year, with a quick rise amid a number of competitors. The technorati were the first to catch on, and it spread from there.

While I joined last August, I found I was overwhelmed with the choices. The notifications were too frequent, I felt out of place without many connections on there…

How an unconventional storyteller pulled off the greatest literary hoax of all time

Improvisation 27 (Garden of Love II) by Wassily Kandinsky, 1912 (public domain — Wikimedia Commons)

“We start then, with the Muses, who delight / With song the mighty mind of father Zeus / Within Olympus, telling of things that are, / That will be, and that were, with voices joined / In harmony.” — Hesiod, c. 700 BC

When you’re stuck for an idea, where do you go?

If you’ve ever watched Mad Men, you saw Don Draper, the consummate creative director, try to hammer out his ideas by taking a nap, or leaving his office to head to a matinee at a nearby theater.

Some people choose to listen to music. Others open a…

As a leader, you can effectively dispel uncertainty

At the Roulette Table by Edvard Munch, 1892 (public domain — Wikimedia Commons/Google Art Project)

“Everything that deceives does so by casting a spell.” — Plato, 380 BC

Can you intimately explain games of chance? That is, can you quote the odds of getting a specific number on a roulette wheel, a roll of the dice in craps, or a hand in poker?

Odds are you understand how each ranks in relation to other options in a particular game-more likely, less likely, etc.-but you can’t explain the exact statistical odds.

When we find ourselves involved in these situations and emotions run high as the stakes grow and fortune continues to smile on us, we stop…

People pay attention to leadership. So leaders should pay attention to what they say.

Cleombrotus Ordered into Banishment by Leonidas II, King of Sparta by Benjamin West, 1768 (Wikimedia Commons, public domain)

As a leader, the way you communicate is everything. Words matter.

The words you choose will be scrutinized and analyzed, probably to a degree that makes you uncomfortable. Which means you need to be careful not only about what you say but about how you say it.

Everything communicates, from an arched eyebrow to the things you don’t say. And your communication builds the culture of your organization.

Perhaps you prefer to rule from the top down, and have developed a culture of fear.

If so, the two most powerful words you can say might be “You’re fired.”

In that…

Amanda Gorman’s poem at the Inauguration of Joe Biden is a master work

Public domain — Wikimedia Commons

The National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, at only 22 years of age, gave a masterclass in poetry, performance, art, and understanding of the human condition at the inauguration of Joe Biden on January 20, 2021.

The depth of her poem “The Hill We Climb” is so great — in part because we know she completed significant parts of it in the hours following the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol — but also because it captures something about every hopeful American.

It is one that admits our imperfection and vulnerability, celebrates our hope, optimism, and common good, and…

With any crisis, we owe an acknowledgment of the truth. While that can be harsh, it’s necessary.

Les Énervés de Jumièges by Évariste Vital Luminais, 1880 (public domain — Wikimedia Commons)*

“Whatever the apparent cause of any riots may be, the real one is always want of happiness.” — Thomas Paine, 1792

As much as history can inform our understanding of the present, we’re never quite prepared for a crisis.

We can point to events and behaviors that presaged certain crises, and perhaps we can even pick them out today, but when a situation becomes acute, it seems to happen all at once and takes people by surprise.

Well-trained corporate communications teams participate in crisis planning and usually have a crisis plan or handbook at the ready when they need to…

Reach is less important than resonance.

St. Peter’s Denial by Rembrandt, 1660 (public domain — Wikipedia)

I lost some newsletter subscribers this week.

Not in any kind of tragic accident or anything-that would be terrible.

No, I mean they unsubscribed when I sent my weekly newsletter.

It’s not like this is an abnormal event; they didn’t subscribe in any huge numbers to make me wonder what happened. It’s something that occurs every week after I hit that “publish” button.

And you know what? It really doesn’t bother me-for a couple of reasons.

The first reason can be explained with a simple formula:

Attraction > Attrition

That is, I can count on a net positive every week, as I attract…

Leaders know themselves. And that requires reflection.

Echo and Narcissus by John William Waterhouse, 1903 (Wikipedia — public domain)

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” — Søren Kierkegaard

With the new year upon us, it seems like everyone is trying to put 2020 in the rear-view mirror, never to be mentioned again. But healthy reflection doesn’t avoid the unpleasant reality; it acknowledges it and uses it to grow.

Reflection isn’t something that needs our attention once a year. It’s a habit and should be developed like any other habit.

If done well, it can result in clarity of mind, a less volatile knee-jerk reaction to things, and deeper relationships.

Why is it that…

Scott Monty

Strategy, comms & leadership advisor, helping build better leaders, communicators & humans. I value #Integrity & #Decency. Newsletter:

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