Where can you go and within an hour have met people from around the world, had real conversations about the things most important to you and created collaborations that can help you build a thriving business? The answer is Clubhouse – an incredible social media platform that, in my view, is completely changing the social media landscape and has the potential to shape how we as human beings interact with each other.
So for all of those reasons and more I’m devoting this week’s episode of Your Freedom Unlimited to sharing with you about Clubhouse, because I think it’s that important.
So if you’d like to expand your horizons, meet some people and grow your business or professional network in a simple and fun way listen in because in this week’s episode, I’m going to give you Clubhouse 101 – I’ll explain what Clubhouse is, how it works, how you can get started on it, what I love about it, why I think it is such a success and how you can use it as a tool to find your voice and step into your innate power.
What Another Social Media App?
You might be saying right now … what another social media app??? I have to say my first reaction, and that of many people I’ve met on the app has been exactly that. But I have to say since Day 1 I have been hooked. For me Clubhouse is like an oasis in the desert of social media.
It is a place where I’ve truly been able to connect, learn, grow and collaborate. And that’s why I’m doing this episode because I think this app is such an important new player in the social media space and for humanity is a whole.
Why do I say that? Because this app allows us to have real, uncensored conversations with real people in the moment and it is teaching people how to listen to others, to share opinions and to deal with issues like racism, ageism and religous differences in real time. This is a place where we can be real, raw and vulnerable with others.
What Is Clubhouse?
Clubhouse is a social media app that is an audio-only platform. You heard it right. It’s a platform where we can only talk with each other and hear each other. There’s no video, there’s no other visual stimulation, other than a profile picture of you.
Established in March 2020 Clubhouse is still in beta mode. Despite this there are now an estimated 10 million Clubhouse users, and that number is growing.
At the moment Clubhouse is invitation only – meaning you have to be invited to be let in to use it. It is in beta version and only available to Apple Iphone users. With Android users set to be able to join the app from early May there will be a definite influx of new users excited to get involved and see what the fuss is all about.
Clubhouse’s most recent valuation came in at $4billion and while there are rival platforms being developed Clubhouse certainly has first-mover advantage for three reasons:
- the involvement of high profile public figures including Elon Musk, Kanye West and Mark Zuckerberg
- the unique energy of kindness and consciousness set by its founders Rohan Seth and Paul Davison.
- the ability of anyone to start, or be involved in a meaningful conversation right now.
So How Does Clubhouse Work?
Effectively anyone with an iPhone and an invitation can go onto Clubhouse to take part of the conversation. You can do this in three ways. You can be part of the conversation by listening, or you can go to the stage, and share your point of view or you can run your own rooms on topics that interest you.
This is called moderating a room. People will come into your room based on the title you have chosen and the other people in the room. They will stay in the room based on the quality of the conversation and the engagement of the audience and the general energy of the room.
On Clubhouse you have followers and you can choose to follow people. However your follower limit is capped to 2,500 which means you need to choose how you spend your social currency wisely. This also stops the “follow for follow” behaviour that happens on other apps
I moderate a room very regularly called Finding Your Voice on Clubhouse and Beyond. As part of this, I’m always encouraging people to start their rooms as this is absolutely the best way to get the best out of Clubhouse.
After you have been on Clubhouse and moderated rooms for around 4 hours you can create a club in an area that interests you either professionally or personally. This allows you to create your tribe or community of interest that will allow you to deepen relationships and expand your offering.
Like every social platform, there are difficulties with some people not treating others respectfully. As part of this the club founders are working hard to ensure community safety and reduce potential for bullying and difficult things. At the end of the day the quality of Clubhouse will come down to the users who were using it.
Why Has Clubhouse Been So Successful?
I think Clubhouse has been successful for a couple of reasons. Firstly, that it is really democratizing communication, we’re really able to communicate on a very even playing field. There is no need to worry about creating a video, or do we get anything that requires a high level of technical capability to be able to communicate and to perform really really well on the app.
I also think it’s been successful because Clubhouse allowed us all to connect in a time during the pandemic. Aside from the personal losses people may have experienced one of the other major issues for people during the pandemic has been social isolation. At this time Clubhouse has given people an incredible opportunity to connect and communicate with each other.
The third reason I think Clubhouse has been so successful is that it allows us to communicate human to human. It allows people to have meaningful two-way conversations where they feel seen, heard and acknowledged. In our fast-paced digital world this is a very different, almost analogue experience that people are just loving. The rooms I moderate regularly result in incredible conversations where people feel safe to share what is most important to them … often in a space with 20 or 30 others they have never met before. It truly is remarkable.
What Can Clubhouse Do For Humanity?
I also feel there is a bigger picture here in terms of the timing and potential impact of Clubhouse globally. From my perspective, I see it as a major shift in the global landscape, culturally, socially, collaboration wise and with business. I also see it as an incredible shift and opportunity for humanity. As a human race, I feel there is a higher level gift in Clubhouse that if we take it on board and go with it we really will see a shift and move to more love and less fear, and a greater rising of global consciousness from that perspective.
What Do I Love About Clubhouse?
I love the ability to connect and communicate with people literally all over the world, and to have really deep, high-quality conversations with them on topics that I’m interested to talk about and topics that they’re interested to talk about. I’ve got good friends now in New York, Egypt, Malaysia, the US, Mexico and London and everywhere in between. I’ve also made connections with well known social influencers that I would never have met otherwise.
So from a personal perspective I have learned so much in terms of the ability to connect with people, and also my ability to really understand and learn new ideas. It’s been a great opportunity for me to hear how other people are doing things, understand their viewpoint and to learn from them.
Clubhouse has also been like a mirror and given me an incredibly fresh perspective on myself and my business.
As I said earlier another thing that I love about Clubhouse is that it’s an oasis in the desert of social media. Other social media platforms are dominated by algorithms and quite two dimensional in their approach. While Clubhouse still has an algorithm there is still the chance to connect and talk in a real and meaningful way.
The third thing I love Clubhouse is the chance to talk about and take action on issues that really matter. Things like sustainability, dealing with racism and ageism and how to create peace. I’m honoured to be part of the Global Peace Sanctuary Club established by Tibetan Lama His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche. Rinpoche is building a Peace Sanctuary in the Buddha’s birthplace in Lumbini, Nepal, to host a World Peace Forum similar to the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland.
Finally I strongly believe Clubhouse is an incredibly powerful tool to help you find your voice, to step into your power and to deal with any fear or anxiety that may have been keeping you playing things small.
How To Find Your Voice and Step Into Your Power on Clubhouse?
As as you know, I’m very keen to help you find your voice and to step into your innate power – wherever it is that you are in your life or in your business, or in your career. So for me, Clubhouse is a place where you can get to know people, to network with people and to clarify what it is that you want to do in your life and business. And this is what I’m fired up about more than anything – helping people to clarify and find their authentic, transparent voice and to connect with their innate power.
So How Do You Find Your Voice on Clubhouse?
You do that by participating in conversations in rooms, going to the stage and speaking and sharing your voice. You also do that by creating your own room or club.
To help you with this I’ve prepared a simple guide called “10 Steps to Finding Your Voice on Clubhouse”. To get that just email me at Jenramsey.com/guide. I’m also running rooms regularly on Finding Your Voice on Clubhouse. To get access to those rooms follow me on Clubhouse at https://www.joinclubhouse.com/@jenramsey or on Instagram @jenramseyfreedom.
Over To You
As ever in this podcast it’s over to you. I’d love you to try out Clubhouse. Clubhouse is still in beta mode, we don’t know where it’s going to wind up we don’t know exactly where it will be in three or four years time, so my advice is to make hay while the sun shines. Get involved and try it out.
Please share with me in the comments what you think of it.
Until we speak again take great care and I’ll look forward to talking to you again soon.