A few weeks ago I was with my 2 year old nephew. We had been hanging out with family most of the afternoon, when I found him sitting quietly by himself, playing with his toy car. I went over and asked him what he was doing, and he said “Time to go home now, too much talking.” This is when I realized my 2 year old nephew and I are totally alike.
In new social situations I am often an observer first. I like to watch others interacting, and get a feel for the topic or room before I dive in. As I digest conversations and ideas, I often feel the need to take a step back, and spend some quiet time parsing through what was discussed.
It is easy to feel a pressure to be “always on” – especially when you’re meeting new people, because you don’t want to miss an opportunity to connect. We’d like to do something about this so we started some conversations with folks in Support Driven.
After considering several options, we landed on using wristbands as a way to signal that you’re open for a chat, as well as make it safe to say “I’m busy” or “I need a few moments to myself.” We ordered these wristbands in dual color from rapidwristbands.com.
We’d like to give you the control to turn “on” or “off” from conversations – as you see fit or feel ready. This is sort of like muting the world away in Slack, and taking a few moments to be heads down. By giving you more control over social interactions, we hope you’ll be more comfortable connecting to other folks during the event.
These wristbands have two sides. You can turn your wristband to yellow for “let’s chat!” When you need a break, you can turn it to black for “I need a few moments to myself, please.”
You can pick up a wristband when you first arrive at the event.
Feel free to use these wristbands as a tool to help communicate your current status with fellow attendees, to see if they’re also up for a chat, as well as a way to have more control over your interactions during the event.
Most importantly, make sure you take care of you throughout the event.