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Will Murally Change the Way We Collaborate?

My inspiration comes from everywhere, but my memory suffers from an annoying inability to contain it all. I leave Post-It notes with random words and phrases all over the place. Then I discovered the Sticky Notes program on my PC (who doesn’t love a to-do list?) and fell in love with the fact that there’s no real sticky involved, so small squares of paper with valuable information no longer go missing as easily as they used to. Then came Pinterest, which quickly went from cool to obsession. My pinboards are littered with recipes, crafts, clothing, and accessories, to the point where I had to create new pinboards just to keep track of the really good stuff.

But what about work stuff? I like to keep work and non-work separate, so what can I do with all the inspiration I find on the Internet and in real life?

Lucky for me – and maybe you – there’s a new tool called Murally, which one writer calls a “cross between Prezi and Pinterest.” The site lets you collaborate with others using virtual boards on which you can put items like pictures, notes, and videos.

With a layout similar to that of Prezi, users can drag and drop things like stickers, pictures, backgrounds, and more. Items are easily moved and edited, and boards can be shared with others. You can even turn your canvas into a presentation.

The “Google Docs for visual people” is currently available on the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, and Firefox, and it’s sure to change how creative people share ideas and inspiration.

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Go Green with Your Handouts…

In this day and age, being environmentally friendly is important in a lot of respects. First, we want this earth, the trees, and the animals inhabiting it to be around for a generations to come. Second, from a corporate culture’s point of view, “going green” is a hot topic today, from big organizations to little mom-and-pop shops. So jump on the green bandwagon, save money, save trees, and save the environment while projecting a socially conscious image to your prospects / clients. Use the following environmentally friendly tips when creating handouts in the future:

  1. Print front and back. There’s no reason to leave a blank page, so cut your total sheets in half by making use of the back side of each page. Many high-end printers will even do this for you.
  2. Print four slides to a page. Forget about one slide per page. Your prospects don’t need life-size images of your presentation (as lovely as they may be). Three slides per page with lines for notes is a popular option but most people never use those lines, opting for note-taking in the white space or on the slide itself. By using the option to print four slides per page, you will use up to 25% fewer pages.
  3. Print black and white. We get this question a lot — what’s the difference between black and white and grayscale? When you use the default grayscale, each color on your slide is converted to a shade of gray. With black and white, all backgrounds are converted to white, saving a lot of toner in the end.
  4. Eliminate a title page and a contact page. Make these your opening and closing slides in your four-slide-per-page presentation. People won’t miss it and you can save two full sheets per printed presentation.
  5. Eliminate other unnecessary slides. Rather than printing the entire presentation, maybe you can create a condensed take-home version with the most important information. This has the potential to eliminate 5% to upward of 50% of your presentation and can also save toner and paper.
  6. Use print preview. Is there one lonely slide on that last page? If so, figure out a way to eliminate or combine slides for printing purposes and save a page.

These seem like little things, but they go a long way. Just imaging a presentation with 60 slides being handed out to 50 people — that’s potentially 3,000 pieces of paper! Cut it to four slides per page and that saves you 2,250 pages. That’s earth-friendly thinking that your clients will appreciate and your bottom line will thank you as well.

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