5 reasons to use Miro in your next facilitation session

5 Reasons to use Miro in your next facilitation session
5 Reasons to use Miro in your next facilitation session – Photo by manny PANTOJA on Unsplash

There is no doubt about it. How we’ve learned to facilitate workshops and run training sessions has drastically changed. If you’ve not yet adopted remote collaboration tools, you’re missing out.  Whether you can attribute it to the pandemic or not, peoples’ expectations of engaging facilitation have undergone a revolution. People don’t want to look at your face on a screen for hours. It’s just not fun. It’s exhausting and they to feel left out.

I recently ran a workshop with 11 contractors from a national European museum. They were absolutely blown away by the power and fun of the collaborative training session using Miro. 

If you’ve not yet adopted remote collaboration tools, you’re missing out…  

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Instead of just listening to me and looking at my face on the screen, they were able to take their mouse and keyboard and make things happen visually. Not only that, they were able to watch their colleagues interaction with the collaborative whiteboard in real time.

Miro is not the only tool out there are of course others (check out Mural too!) but it does the job brilliantly for me. So in this article, I’m going to give you five reasons to use Miro in your next facilitation session.

It’s fascinating how engaged people become in training and facilitation when they have the tools to take part 

1 You can engage learners more

What people want now is, an opportunity to take back control and to ‘get hands on’. When every single meeting and call from home is conducted using Zoom, you know that using Zoom for your training just won’t be enough.

You like control and your learners certainly like control too. Using a tool like Miro puts your learners in the driving seat together with you.

Recently, one of my training workshop with 14 apprentices from the UK got unusually positive feedback. I asked them why afterwards and they said that using a tool like Miro gave them a sense of ‘ownership’.  It wasn’t the training as much as the medium in which the training took place. Simple as that.

It was also less work for me, because I was able to watch as the learners created things and make their own choices to shape their learning environment. It’s fascinating how engaged people become when they have the tools to take part. 

2 You can have a lot of fun

You might like to think that your workshops are judged by the content you deliver. But you and I know that learners tend to evaluate workshops and facilitators by the learning experience. In other words how learning is delivered. 

When I watch people drag and drop something from the Miro menu or create shapes or add icons and artwork, I often hear them laughing. Creating a platform for fun is a win-win for facilitators like us.

Kinaesthetic learning means that people can get hands-on, get stuck in and have fun. I know that a tool like Miro has definitely made my training experience better. I’m also having fun, which makes my job easier too.

When people are having fun, they more likely to be engaged. And when they’re more engaged, they’re more likely to retain information. Fun isn’t just a byproduct of training; it’s essential to getting return on training investment. 

What you have developed together with your clients is actually a facilitation asset which should be reused. 

3 You can build reusable assets

Over the years, I must have filled in hundreds of flipcharts, back to back, in countless hotels and venues. I can’t honestly say if clients ever bothered to keep them.

Very often I remember feeling disappointed as I watched cleaners bin my sticky notes and take down all my work.

And that’s a pity, because when you conduct a great training session and people ideate and collaborate, what you have developed together is actually an asset which should be reused. 

When you and your delegates co-create something valuable such as a decision process chart or an on boarding pathway or the outline for a leadership program, it would be a pity to lose that work.

My clients appreciate the fact that they can log into Miro and find the work that they have invested in. It’s like a permanent flipchart or whiteboard. Those diagrams and maps become valuable assets for future learning.  Recycle and reuse every time!

Creativity loves interactivity. Remember that. 

4 You can leverage people’s creatvity

At the best of times, it’s challenging to maintain the focus of eight, 10 or even 15 people in a workshop. When you have to do it on Zoom or Microsoft teams, it gets exponentially harder.

When I can give people the framework or platform to develop their own ideas and share them visually with other people, it’s incredible what happens. 

Our job as facilitators and trainers is not just to give information but to facilitate transformation. By setting the scene and using a collaborative platform we can stand back and watch people leverage their natural creativity. 

Managers have told me that they are simply amazed with what people come up on Miro. Not just on their own but together with their group when they’re asked to create ideas. Creativity loves interactivity. Remember that. 

LEARN MORE: Check out our interview with Isman Tanuri, Facilitator and Official Miro Community Leader on the TrainingBuiness podcast

5 You can save loads of time

I don’t think remote facilitation will ever fully replace the experience of a face-to-face, in-person workshop. But there are advantages to training people online. 

One of those is that you can spin up a powerful learning environment very quickly. You can send people a quick video explaining the Miro interface, create the learning objectives and have a productive training session running in no time at all.

And because Miro comes with a bunch of templates out of the box, I don’t have to build everything from scratch. I love the fact that I can quickly create a bunch of sticky notes and link things together as people are speaking.

In fact, I don’t just use Miro for training I also use it to quickly co-create a lesson plan or even a learning path with clients. If you can think of it, you can create. And if you save time and can create it… quickly that’s even better.

Conclusion

Within us there is a child just waiting to explore, draw, create and have fun. And that’s true for your clients as well. So interactive whiteboard tools like Miro make a lot of sense.

There is of course a learning curve in every tool out there. The list of tools is growing and you have to be selective about what actually pays dividends. It’s totally up to you what you use.

When your clients can become fully immersed in your training, you’re going to see increased demand for your training. Makes sense, right?

People want control and the chance to become part of the training. Miro makes that possible.

What’s your plan to use a remote collaboration tool in your next session? Share below!

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