Are you thinking, “oh no, another social media account to manage?” Or, are you in the camp sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for an invite?
Today we will explore how life science professionals can use the platform and best practices to get the most out of it.
Clubhouse launched as an invitation-only audio-chat app in 2020. It offers rooms for discussions between two or more speakers about topics ranging from diversity and inclusion to digital health.
Do you listen to podcasts? It’s like that, but you get the live version. Even better is that it is low stress regarding your appearance. Clothes, makeup, and a good background are all optional.
You can choose different clubs to follow that discuss content where your interests lie. Think of the clubs as Facebook groups. A group of like-minded people come together to explore various topics.
Start a closed room with someone you are connected to or listen to conversations other members are having. It’s your choice.
For reference, Clubhouse had 6 million registered users in February 2021, a 900% increase from December 2020. As more users join the platform and send out their invitations, this growth will continue to climb.
If you want the invite, you must have either an iPhone or iPad as it is an iOS app only, for now. Having a friend or colleague who is already a member is the easiest way to get a Clubhouse invite.
If you don’t know anyone using the app, there are other approaches. People are using their social media channels to ask for and offer invites. Even subreddits are dedicated to buying, selling, or exchanging Clubhouse invites.
You can even reach out to me personally here to send you an invite. If I have one, I will happily send it to you. If I am out of invites when you email me, I will show you a trick that will get you access without an actual invite itself.
Even though many life science professionals are currently on Clubhouse, it would be great to see even more. By increasing our engagement, we can have even more nuanced discussions about life science topics where we have joint interests.
Not only is Rohan a co-founder of the Clubhouse app, but he is also the co-founder of Lydian Accelerator. His daughter, Lydia, was born with a rare genetic disease that will cause severe disabilities. He is on a mission to save Lydia and others like her with personalized (N-of-1) genetic diseases.
Luke is a biotech journalist, author, and entrepreneur who started The Timmerman Report in 2015. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Biotechnology by Scientific American Worldview in 2015. Check out his podcast, The Long Run, which features thought-provoking conversations with biotech newsmakers.
Lisa is a biotech and pharma reporter writing from the intersection of science and business. She is the Executive Editor, life sciences, at C&EN, the American Chemical Society’s news magazine, with 15 years of experience tracking the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. She keeps her followers up to date on breaking drug discoveries and disease treatments.
Dan runs a clinical trial website called The Clinical Trials Guru, where he discusses clinical trials in a way more people can understand. He interviews industry leaders and experts to share real stories and valuable content with his audience. Dan is a part of numerous life science clubs on Clubhouse. If you drop in to listen to some of those clubs, you may be able to chat with him directly.
Chris is a biopharma industry executive who has worked in leadership roles for Gilead, Celgene, and Sarepta. He is now the CEO of Xontogeny, a life sciences accelerator supporting entrepreneurs, scientific founders, and first-time CEOs with mentorship, a network, and seed capital. Chris is the co-founder of one of the largest life science clubs on Clubhouse, Biotech, with co-founder Brad Loncar.
These leaders are a just a small sample of life science industry professionals on Clubhouse. Every day, more are joining. With the ability to create new clubs, it will be interesting to see the different groups our colleagues create that we can listen in on.
Life science and STEM clubs are growing at a rapid rate. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at the eight clubs featured here, detailing what they discuss, who they’re for, and their audience.
Some of the discussions in these groups will blow your mind. You will hear conversations between doctors, digital tech and AI enthusiasts, patients, and leaders from pharma, biotech, and medical device companies.
Who knows? One of these discussions may inspire you to create the next new thing that changes how patients understand their diagnoses and consistently feel connected to their doctors. We need more of this for sure.
And maybe, you’ll create a club of your own.
In order to have a positive experience on the platform, try using these tips and tricks to set yourself up for success.
Make sure to add information to your bio. If you optimize the first 3 lines of your profile, there is a higher chance others will choose to click on it. If you have particular subjects you would like to speak on, include that as well. And, add emojis. They are searchable.
Search the various clubs that relate to your interests and follow them. You will be surprised by the diversity of these clubs. If you search for life science, you will find everything from health to biotech to STEM groups.
If you find a club that appeals to you, look through the moderators and other club followers to find the people with whom you want to connect. Even thought it may feel like stalking, it’s a sure fire way to guarantee you find an audience of like-minded people.
As an example, I joined a group called “Women in STEM” and started checking out the different members in the group. After an appropriate amount of stalking occurred, I discovered the founder of the group was Camille Wardrop Alleyne.
I reached out to her and sent a connection request on LinkedIn. Most importantly, she accepted. I am actually connected to a rocket scientist who works at N.A.S.A. How cool is that!
Go to your phone or iPad settings and make sure you allow Clubhouse access to your microphone. If you want to speak in one of the rooms, you will definitely need this feature enabled.
Start joining different rooms to get a sense of what they are about. Don’t worry – your mic will be muted. If you would like to speak, raise your hand, and the moderator has the opportunity to bring you up to the “stage.”
After you are on stage, your profile will indicate that you are speaking in that room. You will be able to mute and unmute your mic. When you want to comment or respond to someone else, introduce yourself briefly, and add your comment. When you finish, say, “my name is X, and I am done speaking.” This indicates to the rest of the audience that someone else can jump in.
Periodically, a moderator will say they are “resetting the room.” This simply means they are clarifying the topic of the discussion for any new audience members who have joined the conversation.
There is no direct messaging on Clubhouse. If you would like to contact someone, you will need to go to their profile and find their Twitter or Instagram handle to message them.
If your social profiles are not connected to your account, it’s going to make it difficult for others to DM you. Make it easy from the beginning and connect your social accounts.
If you see people on stage and their microphones are going on and off quickly, it signifies that they are clapping.
Clubhouse is growing and a long way from slowing down. The app records our voices and conversations, and it will be interesting to see the different ways that companies will mine this data moving forward.
Do you want to listen to conversations about the future of digital health? There’s a club for that. Do you want to have conversations about mental health? There’s a club for that. What about patient advocacy or marketing for life science professionals? They are all there.
Now, it’s time to get your Clubhouse on. Look forward to hearing you there.
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