Comments on: Why we shouldn’t (but do) play music at conference socials https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-design/2016/01/why-we-shouldnt-but-do-play-music-at-conference-socials/ Unconferences, peer conferences, participant-driven events, and facilitation Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:40:41 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 By: Adrian Segar https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-design/2016/01/why-we-shouldnt-but-do-play-music-at-conference-socials/#comment-67871 Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:56:41 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=7759#comment-67871 Héctor, I appreciate your thoughts. But an individual’s response to hearing music varies widely from person to person and also depends on environment and circumstances; there’s no universal response.

A few examples:
— If someone who is hearing-impaired, any background music may frustrate desired conversation.
— A piece of music that induces a particular emotional state in one person may immensely irritate another.
— Music with lyrics can make it hard to concentrate on what someone is saying.
— People have different responses to unfamiliar music than music they’ve heard before.

The post describes some circumstances where background music may be appropriate, but in general I believe that meeting planners should think about such realities before automatically playing house music whenever attendees are together outside sessions.

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By: Héctor A. Venegas https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-design/2016/01/why-we-shouldnt-but-do-play-music-at-conference-socials/#comment-67869 Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:26:00 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=7759#comment-67869 I think this is wrong and doesn’t take an important fact into account. We all need the right mindset and motivation to get into the mood for starting with something. Be it conversation, co-creation or learning. The right music, well chosen, will support anyone in getting into the mood. This tracks our emotions and without emotions we won’t get anywhere.

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