We’ve all complained about the music being too loud at events. Event organizers know attendees are there for conversations – so why does it still happen?!
Firstly, because the AV crew weren’t briefed about WHY the guests were there. Prior to the event, meet with the AV manager to discuss the purpose of the event. If they know the primary goal is networking for example, you won’t have to tell them to turn the volume down every two minutes.
Another reason for the music being too loud is because it wasn’t rehearsed. Whether it’s piped music or a live band, work with the AV crew and rehearse the music that will be playing when the ballroom doors open, during dinner and when the CEO hits the stage. Sit in different spots around the room to make sure the volume is appropriate. If it’s background music, make sure everyone can talk without straining. If it’s the big opening number, make sure it’s got impact without bursting eardrums in the front rows. It’s not rocket surgery, but a simple rehearsal is often overlooked.
Speaking of loud music…check out this article: “Comforting news for anyone over the age of 35, scientists have worked out that modern pop music really is louder and does all sound the same!”