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How muting kills engagement

On my mission to improve virtual and hybrid work: Stop MUTING, Start Talking!

Ever asked yourself,
why there is this strange silence
and little participation
in virtual meetings?

Before Covid, when many had little technical skills 😉 we learned that muting our microphones prohibits echo and ugly noises. During Lockdowns, we had the chance to learn, how virtual communication works, how important a good camera and lightening is, that a decent microphone dramatically enhances, how your messages come across.

New Work, Hybrid Work – virtual calls, meetings or conferences will stay. But shouldn’t we re-think our behavior, as one common issue in non-physical meetings is the lack of engagement, missing „vibrant“ discussions and an „natural“ atmosphere?

In our research and experimenting we found one important reason for that – and once this is changed, our virtual meetings became a lot better!

If you start your meeting with this:

it feels a bit like someone welcomes you with „SHUT UP – I don’t want to hear you/don’t disturb me!“ At least it is a clear message, not to actively take part, as there is a big fear of ?

Demanding muted microphones
might cause demotivation

Of course there are reasons for muting everyone, but then it would be recommended to use a „Broadcast“ session, where only the speaker can talk. For meetings, workshops or participative events, I would highly recommend, not to demotivate people by demanding „silence“. In the end, this is what I get – disconnected people in listening mode.

We tried: „PLEASE UNMUTE as default“
in many different meetings, workshops and events
and this is what happened:

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DJ’s im Wandel der Zeit

Moderne DJ @ work

Moderne DJ @ work

Ein kleiner Bericht über den Wandel im DJ Geschäft – innerhalb der letzen zehn Jahre. Ich habe selbst einen großen Teil davon mit meiner Mobildisco miterleben können. Wirklich spannend, was sich hier alles getan hat:

„Früher“ wurde mit Schallplatten aufgelegt, dann gab es kurz Zeit lang MiniDisk, die sich aber größtenteils für Galashows oder vorausgeplante Shows anboten. Die CD sorgte dafür, das die Musiksammlung etwas langlebiger, vom Gewicht her leichter und wesentlich schneller im Zugriff war. Als ich vor bald acht Jahren dann mit dem Notebook begann aufzulegen, war das schon eine Revolution. Für einige hundert Euro (mehr …)