How to Cope with a Noisy Event

Two Methods:Hosting the Event YourselfAttending an Event You Aren't Hosting

Some people like environments with loud noise, and lots of it. Others prefer to hear themselves think, and to be able to hear others talk. If you'd rather an event be quieter, here are some ways to go about that. If you are hosting the event, you can make decisions to help keep the noise level in check. Even if you're not hosting, there are some strategies you can use.

Method 1
Hosting the Event Yourself

  1. 1
    Ask in advance for a quiet venue. If you're involved with the planning or organizing of the event, choose a place that's quiet.
    • Go for someplace with a separate room. Some restaurants and convention centers separate rooms for private events.
    • Choose a place that doesn't play music or television loudly.
    • Ask to visit a prospective venue at the same time of day or during a similar event, and observe the noise level.
    • Be aware of the acoustics in the room. A room with lots of hard surfaces can get full of echos when everyone tries to talk over everyone else.
  2. 2
    Choose off hours, days, or seasons.
    • Restaurants will usually have the fewest visitors between 3 and 5pm.
    • Take advantage of shoulder seasons for travel destinations. During spring (except spring break) and autumn, most schools are in session, and the cooler, wetter weather may make some destinations less attractive to the biggest crowds.
    • Restaurants that have big rushes on Friday or Saturday nights might not be so busy on Tuesdays. Most will know when they're busiest, and many will be glad of the business at non-peak times, so ask in advance.
  3. 3
    Invite a smaller group. Does it need to be 200 people, or would 40 suffice? Or, could the event be broken into two or three smaller sections, perhaps by room, by activity, or by date?
    • A smaller group also lets you use a smaller venue, which in turn gives you more options and often reduces costs.
  4. 4
    Choose an outdoor venue, if appropriate. Assuming the weather is pleasant, your guests can enjoy the outdoors without loudspeakers and without echos.
  5. 5
    Let event staff, waiters, and DJs know you prefer quiet. Most will gladly back off on the sound levels if they know your preference.

Method 2
Attending an Event You Aren't Hosting

  1. 1
    Limit your time in the noisy location. This is the aspect over which you will have the most control. Arrive late, leave early, or take a break.
  2. 2
    Ask someone to help lower the noise level. Ask the host, the DJ, the waiter, or anyone else who might have control, if they can help limit the noise. If no one knows it's bothering you, no one is going to do anything about it.
  3. 3
    Suggest a quiet venue, or suggest sitting outdoors. You won't have control over all events and venues, but if a group of colleagues is headed out to eat, see if you can steer them toward a quieter place. Often, the first person to suggest a restaurant can persuade a group.
    • Suggest an early or late lunch, if no time is set, at a time when the restaurant might not be so crowded.
  4. 4
    Look for a quiet place to retreat. Is there an outdoor patio or balcony, a back room, a lobby, or even a restroom where you could take a break, or carry on a conversation?


  • Be judicious about arriving late or leaving early, and only do so if it is appropriate.


  • Protect your hearing. If an environment is so loud as to be uncomfortable, it could well cause damage. Cover your ears, wear hearing protection, or leave.

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