Bringing your meetings, workshops and collaboration sessions to life
As we work through the changes that are resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic we must re-evaluate the tools we use to support remote workers and remote collaboration.
Mural.co is a tool that I've used often to support group work, from meetings to full fledged workshops and interactive training.
If you are a facilitator or leader considering using this tool, I've pulled together a quick overview and tutorial on how to use Mural.
There are many great features in this tool, including the complete replacement of the need for in-person whiteboarding or design thinking sessions. There is an abundance of templates for design thinking, scenario planning, business planning, prioritization, journey mapping, empathy mapping, business modeling, etc.
A few tips and tricks to make the most of the tool, and to encourage strong participation:
-Couple this tool with another tool, such as Zoom or Google Hangouts
-Encourage the use of videoconferencing by all
-Encourage use of a laptop or desktop instead of a mobile device
-Ensure all participants get the opportunity to speak and share their thoughts
-Foster creativity by encouraging use of the drawing tools, and / or images
-Keep meeting duration to 2 hours or less
-Encourage stretch breaks or 30 second dance parties
-Plan your meeting in advance and set up the templates in advance
-Leave the Mural open for continued input following the meeting
-Consider how best to engage your extroverts vs introverts
Have fun with it!
Post a screenshot of you using the tool with your teams. Good luck!