Wanted this for a long time
We’ve tried a few Virtual Sticky note tools or workarounds over the years and found ourselves disappointed each time:
- Many of the tools were clunky and slow, and only allowing one person to add/move sticky notes at a time.
- One of the tools was great yet required you to first immerse in an Xbox style shoot-em-up format. The tool was wonderful yet but the 3D environment made it less accessible for people.
- One client we work with achieves participation through everyone editing the same PowerPoint, at the same time, which is tricky.
So we were delighted to be introduced to Mural® – a virtual sticky note tool that:
- Is fast – and became even faster after a “rendering upgrade” in Jun 2020
- Is simple to use – just double click and type to create a sticky note
- Allows even teams of 20-30 to all use it at the same time
How we at red10 use Mural®
Mural® provide a wealth of help guides and templates. We prefer to keep it simple:
- Start the video conference
- Have Mural® set-up beforehand with a blank canvas
- Put the link in the video conference chatbox – asking people to use the link in Chrome
- Run a simple exercise to create, move then cluster sticky notes
Creating sticky notes is as simple as double-click and type.
A drag and drop moves the sticky notes, just as you’d expect it to.
You cluster sticky notes by right-clicking to create an area that you place the sticky notes into. You can then move the set of notes about using a drag and drop.
Our 5 Top Tips
- Mural® is optimized for the Chrome browser and it really does alter functionality
- You don’t have to skill up a team to use it – you can use it and just screenshare. E.g. it is useful just as a more appealing and agile visual for note taking. I quite often use it when I am mediating or building an alliance between two groups.
- Invite via the Visitor Link rather than their other options – then people don’t need to register and it doesn’t ask you pay extra licence fees after your free trial.
- Ask the team to disciplined. Mural® works really well, but you can confuse it with chaos, e.g. by deleting someone else’s sticky note as they are mid-creating it. The tool needs to used calmly.
- You can import slides as backgrounds for your sticky notes.
What have you found?
How have you found Mural®?
What are your tips?