8 new features for facilitation superheroes

Written by 
Sean Lauer
November 4, 2020

The world has changed. Work has changed. And so has your ability to facilitate impactful meetings and workshops with teammates, partners, and clients.

We get it. It’s hard to run in-person sessions, let alone virtual sessions across multiple time zones with everyone in their own environment with a multitude of potential distractions – kids, dogs, cats, package deliveries, poor Wifi connections, and on and on.

It’s all too much!! 😫 

Yet you’ve persevered. And we’re working hard to help.

Our product team is building solutions you need to lead the way now and for the future. Every day, we’re listening to MURAL facilitation experts and the community of professionals we serve to gather much-needed perspective. We seek to know the struggles you face daily. This feedback ensures we build the facilitation features you require — today and for the future, right in MURAL.

Over the past few months, we’ve released a toolkit of new features and enhancements that will help you control the virtual room. We hope you find them as powerful as we do. Read on to learn more about these recent product improvements.

📚 Save reusable groups of objects in your Content Library 

All of your most-used MURAL elements now live in one place. Your new, personal Content Library will allow you to save entire activities, design assets, and any other objects you want to reuse in the future. Easily access saved items across murals and workspaces.

🔎 Generate more impactful ideas with Private Mode

Private Mode enables facilitators to temporarily prevent collaborators from seeing each other’s new content. It’s perfect for helping generate diverse ideas and avoid groupthink during brainstorms, retrospectives, and other exercises.

🎊 Celebrate with confetti

Facilitators can emphasize positive moments of collaboration through a new celebration feature found in the avatar menu. Celebrate your happy moments together with a pop of confetti.

👥 Know your visitors’ names

Visitors now have the option to add their names when entering a mural. Adding a name is optional, and visitors control their name choice. Administrators can turn this functionality on or off at the workspace level – or across all workspaces at the company level.

⏰ Alert collaborators that time’s up

When the timer runs out, you’ll now hear an alert to let you and your collaborators know that it’s time to wrap up. And yes, that familiar sound you hear is exactly what you think it is.

⏬ Easily copy formatting and apply to other elements

Now, you can easily copy the formatting from one element, such as a sticky note, shape, connector, or text box, and apply it to another element or group of elements of the same type.

📞 Quickly sync with other collaborators via Quick Talk 

Quick Talk, powered by Dolby.io, instantly starts a voice call so you can connect with collaborators. Use Quick Talk for those unplanned or spontaneous collaborative moments. Or maybe you’ve got “camera on” fatigue? Try a call without video – right from inside a mural.

💪 Easily assign facilitator permissions

Quickly assign facilitation rights to any member before or during collaborative sessions without leaving the mural. Facilitation rights can be enabled by clicking on the members icon in the top menu bar and then on the member whose permissions you want to change.

🖥 De-clutter the screen by hiding all cursors

Facilitators can choose to show or hide cursors for all collaborators in a mural. Being able to hide cursors at key moments helps focus attention and more easily follow what the facilitator is doing. Collaborators will still see the facilitators’ cursors.

For all feature updates, check out mural.co/changelog and reach out to support@mural.co with any questions.

About the authors

About the authors

Sean Lauer

Sean Lauer

Head of Product Marketing
Head of Product Marketing @ MURAL. Previously @ Twitter. A true left-brain, right-brain thinker with diverse marketing experience that he uses to drive MURAL product adoption. Lives in California with his wife, two cats, and a dog.

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