4 Paths To Building New Relationships on Clubhouse

Ethan Lipsitz
3 min readJan 16, 2021
Ethan Lipsitz @ The Shine — Back When We Could Gather In Person

I was invited to sign up to join the new Clubhouse app back in August. I remember that familiar feeling, ‘not another social media app trying to zap my attention and time’, but I trusted my friend who invited me and she thought I’d dig it.

With caution I began to enter the audio only chat ‘rooms’ and engage with folks on the platform, many of whom I knew in the beginning. The preliminary users of Clubhouse were a lot of entrepreneurs and investors and we shared similar backgrounds and social circles. I found a lot of intimate conversations taking place at all hours, creative stories and experiences were being offered and relationships were being maintained, strengthened and even built on the app.

As the Pandemic raged and my formerly dynamic social life felt like it had been shut off completely, I was finding friends again, we were finding things to explore, share and learn from each other.

The biggest surprise was that I was making new friends and connecting with them beyond just Clubhouse and social media. If you’re just starting to get involved with Clubhouse or are considering popping in (currently open only for ios users with an invite), here’s some ways I’ve been able to use the app to connect and build meaningful relationships with new amazing people.

  1. Listen for voices that move you. There are so many brilliant people in this world and Clubhouse allows everyone to participate and often raise their hand to speak and engage. When I joined the app I quickly started hearing people speak who inspired me with their lived experience and wisdom. I’d follow them, join their clubs and occasionally reach out via DM on Twitter or IG to follow up on something they said or explore connecting off the app.
  2. I noticed who was showing up to the same rooms I was in. They may not have been speaking but they were listening along with me. I felt the head nod of a classmate who cared about the subject as much as I did. We didn’t have to speak in the room to acknowledge it. I’d reach out to those folks too, after all we had common interests and were listening for wisdom in similar places.
  3. Having a one on one phone call or zoom is one of the most powerful ways to develop a real rapport with someone when you can’t meet in person. I…
Ethan Lipsitz

Ethan Lipsitz is an artist, host, brain cancer survivor and love extremist dedicated to elevating actionable love in every aspect of life.