Mural 101

Everything you need to know to run virtual workshops in MURAL

Spend a little time with the experts.

During our workshops for MURAL Imagine, it became obvious that people wanted more time learning from our expert virtual workshop facilitators about how we use MURAL. We created this mini-workshop to cut past the fluff and get straight into how to use MURAL to have amazing workshops.

We are excited to bring this workshop to you to share our most successful virtual workshop tips and tricks. From onboarding MURAL newbies to using our 2-canvas systems, you’ll learn how to get the most of our MURAL templates in your own virtual workshops.

This mini-workshop follows our strong belief that learning by doing is the best way to learn. You’ll go beyond simply listening to ideas and be hands-on with the tool. Every class will be different based on who shows up. We’ll be listening to you and your unique needs and challenges to shape the learning experience.


October 21, 2020


9am - 10:30am CT​


Live Online

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What to expect

What to Expect

You will come out of this workshop with a deep familiarity with MURAL. You will learn how to orient meeting participants in the virtual space and quickly onboard those that are new to MURAL. This mini-workshop is full of best practices and protips. You’ll walk away with the confidence to lead any team in a virtual collaboration.

There will be minimal lecture, so if you are expecting to turn on and multi-task, this workshop is not for you. Instead, we’ll be diving in and practicing virtual facilitation to build muscle memory and confidence. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to connect and work with your peers, as we believe this is the best way to learn.

What You'll Learn

You’ll learn the importance of taking time to onboard new MURAL users during your meeting and how to organize your work, including best practices for canvases that get the job done. We’ll walk you through our 2-canvas system and help you understand and implement online wayfinding best practices. For those of you who host large groups, we’ll share some of our best kept secrets around large virtual meetings. Then we’ll explore MURAL’s pro facilitation tools, including voting, timing, locking, and summon. Finally, we will wrap with building templates and show you how to improve your workshop organization by sharing templates.

How You'll Learn

This class will be activity-based with guided instruction and collaborative sessions. You’ll not only learn the “how” and “why” Voltage Control uses MURAL for online workshops, but you’ll also get to ask questions specific to your needs and facilitation practice. We won’t just talk at you ; you’ll learn through doing, working with other participants, and getting feedback on how to address your unique issues. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so you can learn from our deep experience running hundreds of workshops in MURAL.


New User Orientation

How to onboard new MURAL users during your meeting

Organizing Work

Best practices for canvases that get the job done

Facilitation Tools

How to get the most out of MURAL’s pro-level facilitation tools

Creating Templates

Improve your process by creating and sharing templates

Who Should Attend


who have just purchased MURAL and want a deep dive with virtual meeting experts.

Manager & Team Leads

who are hoping to get more out of the virtual interactions with their team.


wanting to learn how to up their virtual game.


that wants to run more kick-ass meetings online.

Key Takeaways

Take the time to ensure all participants know the basics about MURAL.

Keep participants focused in one area and bring new things to them; the 2-canvas system approach.

Keep it simple. Minimize the number of objects and pre-filter content.

Create templates for easy access and sharing.

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John Fitch

John is an entrepreneur and business coach. He is Chief Product Officer of Voltage Control, where we prototypes tools to help people facilitate better meetings. He enjoys designing technology through unlearning and the generous act of sonder. Prior to Voltage Control, John was Entrepreneur in Residence at Animal Ventures where he advised Fortune 100 leadership on their prototyping practices and led distributed software teams at the intersection of machine learning, robotics, and decentralized computing. John also worked directly with Google Ventures running Design Sprints and now coaches organizations how to develop rapid prototyping practices within their culture.

John is a co-author to two books with Douglas Ferguson: How To Remix Anything and Non-Obvious Guide to Magical Meetings and is an author of Time Off – a look at how modern society is burning us out, why time off and creativity will be a crucial component to the future of human work, and the solutions to help us all prioritize our “rest ethic.” John spends his leisure time farming, hosting dinner parties, and practicing Jiu Jitsu. He graduated from University of Texas at Austin and is a proud alumni of Seth Godin’s altMBA.

Douglas Ferguson

Douglas Ferguson is an entrepreneur and human-centered technologist with over 20 years of experience. He is the founder and president of Voltage Control, an Austin-based facilitation agency that specializes in helping teams work better together through participatory decision making and design inspired facilitation techniques. He has helped transform teams from U.S. SOCOM, the Air Force, Adobe, Dropbox, Fidelity, Vrbo, Liberty Mutual, Humana, and SAIC.

Douglas is a thought leader and master facilitator of Design Sprints, Innovation Acceleration, Team Alignment, Meeting Systems, Culture Transitions, and Change Transformations. He is also the author of three books: Beyond the Prototype, How to Remix Anything (co-authored), and Start Within (co-authored).

Motivated by a mission to rid the world of horrible meetings and offer meaningful meetings in their place, Voltage Control is calling upon fellow facilitators to transform meeting and innovation culture. From free weekly community meetups to Control the Room–the annual facilitator summit, Voltage Control is building a community of facilitators to change the world.
What People Are Saying

I realized my entire role is facilitation. I have to do a lot of lateral influencing. So I use these skills even if it is not a super-structured workshop. Our product team has micro meetings all the time, and these methods help us get the most of those moments. My team can lean on me to facilitate. You will redesign the way you have conversations. I can’t believe every college student doesn’t have to take a class like this. This is how you collaborate. It is the underpinning of the future of work.

Savannah C.


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