How will I talk to my friends at a Silent Disco Party?
This is the first question everyone asks when they learn they will be wearing headphones.
It is a natural concern because connecting with friends is the primary reason that parties even exist!
This article will show you how conversation and connection potential is actually increased by the presence of the headphones.
#1) Short exchanges are easier with Silent Disco headphones.
You can lift one side off your ear momentarily. You hear what your friend is saying quite clearly, respond and put the set back over your ears. You don’t miss a beat, you don’t lose the music, you don’t lose the mood and you don’t have to shout over the loud music from traditional sound systems.
People who have not tried it fear that removing their headphones will be the equivalent of going outside of the party room to talk.
You don’t have to leave the room or even stop dancing. You control how much the music volume is reduced by controlling how far you lift the headphones off your ears. It is very easy to balance the volume of the music with your ability to hear your friend. The music can be as loud as you want it to be. With just one hand adjusting the earpiece on one side, you can literally talk and dance at the same time.
You say, “Yeah, but you still have to get your friend’s attention in order for them to lift up their headphones.” That is true, but when are dancing to traditional speakers that are turned up as loud as dance music needs to be, can you really talk to your friend without first getting their attention? You have to pull them close and lean toward them before they can hear your words.
At a dance that is powered by loud speakers, you have to deal with the disadvantage of the music remaining at full volume while you try to talk (or yell to be heard). If the dance is powered by headphones, you can speak at a normal conversational volume with your friend because the loud music immediately turns down as you pull the earpieces away from your ears.
This makes verbal communication easier and of higher quality when the party uses Silent Disco equipment instead of traditional loudspeakers for the music.
#2) Long conversations are easier and you can still listen for your favorite song.
First of all, with traditional loudspeakers at peak volume, extended conversation requires lifting your voice to the level of the music. This can get uncomfortable after awhile, which either shortens the conversation or causes you to step outside of the party room to continue.
At a Silent Disco Party, extended conversations are effortless.
If you don’t want to miss your favorite song during the conversation, keep the headphones resting around your neck instead of removing them entirely. Leave the volume on and you can still hear the music coming from the headphones. It is quiet enough to not disturb your conversation, but it is completely audible.
You are enjoying higher quality extended conversations because you are not yelling over loudspeakers. You can still jump onto the dance-floor the minute your favorite song comes on because you can still hear the music from the headphones around your neck.
#3) Non-verbal communication is better because of the headphones.
One of the reasons for loud music is to get people to dance. Dancing is 100% body language. Dancing is the ultimate non-verbal communication.
But the Silent Disco’s three-channels-of-music option introduces additional opportunities for non-verbal communication that are incredibly delightful and unique.
The first is gesturing to your friends that they ought to be listening to the same channel you are listening to. They will be doing the same to you and it adds a simple-unspoken-but-hilariously-fun exchange to the whole activity.
From there, in order to decide whether you want to switch to their channel, you are watching them do the dance motions to their song. You are trying to guess the song they are listening to while you are listening to a completely different song.
This is a whole new level of non-verbal communication that is so much fun, you will just start laughing in spite of yourself!
#4) Connection is the same even if your friends are dancing to a different song!
All of the Silent Disco headphones we have for rent allow users to select between three different channels which in turn allows your fellow dancers to listen to different songs than you are listening to.
You can still dance with your friends even if they are listening to a different song!
We already talked about dancing being a form of body language and a form of non-verbal communication. But, if Silent Disco allows us to dance together while each listening to a different song, are we still communicating and connecting through our body language?
When you are dancing with your friends, is your body language reciting the lyrics? No, your body language is saying, you are my friends and I like dancing with you.
That message does not change as the song and the lyrics change. The tempo will change with a different song. When you mime something from the lyrics, that will change with a different song.
You are still connecting with your friends through dance because your true body language is saying, “You are my friend. I like dancing with you.”
#5) The uniqueness of Silent Disco gives you more to talk about.
Watching people dance without audible music never gets old! That alone is enough to stimulate twenty conversations!
As a culture we are very accustomed to hearing the music that our friends are dancing to. Silent Disco has taken that conditioning and turned it upside down.
It is new, it is exciting, it is funny, it is weird, and yes, it gives us something to talk about!
You are worried that wearing headphones will make it harder to talk with your friends, but paradoxically, the opposite is true!
Whenever friends share a new experience it draws them closer to one another. They communicate and connect more because of that experience.
The fact that Silent Disco is new and unusual increases how much you will talk to your friends about it.
But Silent Disco is not a try-it-once-and-never-again type of activity. Time and time again, I hear from people who go to Silent Disco parties over and over again. They tell me that there is nothing more fun!
There are more opportunities for connection and communication at a dances powered by Silent Disco headphones than there are at a dances powered by traditional loudspeakers.
A) You can talk easier and quicker on the dance-floor by lifting up an earpiece.
B) You can talk easier and longer while not missing anything by setting the headphones around your shoulders so the music is still audible.
C) Body language between you and your friends is increased as you interact with each other over the three-channels of music.
D) Connection between friends is maintained even if you are not listening to the same song.
E) Communication between friends is increased because you are sharing the unique and unusual aspects of the Silent Disco together.
Get ready to connect like you never have before at your very own Silent Disco Party.
Consider renting your equipment from us at www.silent-disco-rental.com.