Miro is a natural fit for workshops and meetings and you can definitely use our product for such needs.
In this article:
- Miro features for remote workshops & meetings
- How to set up a workshop in Miro
- Workshop best practices
- Inviting collaborators
- Useful links: blog posts, videos & frameworks
Miro features for remote workshops & meetings
Here are some of the top features for remote workshops and meetings:
- Infinite canvas [available on all plans]
Work the way you want with your team on an infinite whiteboard that allows you to run workshops and meetings without any boundaries.
- Freeform collaboration [available on all plans]
Miro is an online whiteboard platform, that’s why easy freehand drawing with the pen tool is available to all users. Also, try Smart Drawing that will automatically convert your drawings into shapes, sticky notes, and connection lines.
- Sticky notes and offline stickies capture [available on all plans]
Many offline meetings and workshops run on sticky notes. We brought them online, made them super-powerful yet easy to use. And for those of you who still prefer writing your ideas on physical stickies, we added Stickies Capture – the feature that allows you to instantly convert photos into editable sticky notes.
- Attention Management [basic features available on all plans, advanced – on paid plans]
Attention Management is a set of powerful facilitation features for meetings and workshops - Follow, Bring to me [one collaborator], Bring everyone to me. These features allow meeting organizers and workshop facilitators to guide participants and ensure everyone is following and engaged.
- Video chat [available on Team, Business, Consultant, and Enterprise Plans]
Conduct seamless collaborative remote sessions with built-in video chat without having to maintain two links or switch between apps.
All Free Plan users can use built-in video chat for free for 14 days. It is available in the collaboration toolbar in the lower-left corner.
- Screen sharing [available on all plans]
Screen sharing gives you an opportunity to focus workshop or meeting participants’ attention on a concrete place on the board and follow your actions.
- Presentation Mode [available on all plans]
Kick-off workshop or meeting or present results back to stakeholders without leaving Miro. Presentation mode allows you to prepare and carry out engaging presentations re-using the content that you already have on your Miro board.
- Visual Notes [available on all plans]
Visual Notes is a lightweight feature-rich text editor easily accessible on the board just when you need it – to jot down questions, insights, and action items as they surface during your workshops and meetings.
- Pre-made workshop templates [available on all plans]
Never start from scratch – use built-in Design Thinking, ice breaker, and Agile rituals templates to prepare workshops and organize meetings quickly.
- Voting [available on Team, Education, Business, Consultant, and Enterprise Plans]
Quickly vote for tasks and ideas in real-time with your distributed team to reach a consensus when working on a decision or prioritizing tasks.
All Free Plan users can use voting for free for 14 days. It is available in the collaboration toolbar in the lower-left corner.
- Timer [available on Team, Education, Business, Consultant, and Enterprise Plans]
Meetings, trainings, presentations, and brainstorms tend to run over when there is no way to time box these activities. With countdown timer, your team can manage and track your time while presenting, brainstorming or participating in a workshop.
All Free Plan users can use the timer for free for 14 days. It is available in the collaboration toolbar in the lower-left corner.
Use Lock to prevent objects from being accidentally moved, edited or deleted from the board by meeting or workshop participants.
- Anonymous Guest Editors [available on Team, Education, Business, Consultant, and Enterprise Plans]
Use Guest Editors feature to organize remote meetings (such as PI Planning or sales demos), brainstorming sessions, and workshops with partners or colleagues who either don't have a Miro account yet or don’t have access to your Miro team.
How to set up a workshop in Miro
- Define the goal of the workshop and the audience
- Choose the time and date
- Prepare the board
- Think about and make
- the templates that you’re going to use: you can use pre-built or create something from scratch
- the exercises you’re going to apply: creating ideas, voting for the best choice, clustering inputs, inserting some visuals for mood board, etc.
- Create simple instructions for every step (template or exercise) of your workshop
- Define time-limits for every step and overall timing
- Check our Miro demo board for workshops. You can customize it to your needs.
- Time and date
- Technical requirements
- Align with the participants about goal and agenda
- Warm up and onboard participants with ice breakers
- Don’t forget about quick breaks to keep participants engaged
- Share or export the whole board or specific frames
Workshop best practices
- Onboarding & ice breakers
- Let people introduce themselves
- Use ice breakers with funny and engaging tasks
- Let people try Miro functionality during ice breakers (with stickies, shapes, different colors)
- For Miro newbies, it is better to have a separate frame with all the instruments that they are going to use during the session and where to find them. Also, it would be helpful to ask them to watch these Miro onboarding videos.
- Keep workshop or meeting under 2 hours, for longer session make more breaks
- Good size of the group for remote sessions is under 15 participants. For more participants get co-facilitator
- Time-box everything: activities, discussions, and feedback. You can use the timer function for that.
- Use sticky notes for rapid ideation (try bulk mode!), and use Cmd+D to duplicate the stickies
- Include short explanations of the exercises on the board
- Work in groups and individually. Create separate workspaces - frames for such type of work at the board
- Plan a couple more breaks than you would in a normal workshop and recommend that people step away from their computer
- Assume that technology will fail you and always have a backup plan prepared for that case.
There are several options for inviting collaborators and conducting a remote workshop or meeting in Miro.
Option 1: Anonymous Guest Editors
Users on Team, Business, Consultant, Enterprise, and Education plans are able to share their boards via a public link for editing with anonymous Guest Editors. This is the simplest way to invite users without the Miro account to contribute to your work on boards free of charge.
Once you make a board accessible for anonymous Guest Editors, anyone with the board link can immediately start editing the board content. You can share the link with as many Guest Editors as you need.
Option 2: Free Plan
If you are looking for real-time collaboration on an online whiteboard with freehand drawing and sticky notes, Free Plan is a great starting point for you as you can invite an unlimited number of collaborators with editor rights to your account and each of our boards is infinite.
- You can have three active editable boards at a time, other boards will be archived
- All boards are visible to all team members – everyone, who you invite to your Miro account can see your content
- Features like video chat, timer, and voting are not available on the Free Plan.
Option 3: Team Plan
Team Plan is ideal for teams that collaborate regularly and have a cadence of team meetings and activities. All the premium features, such as video chat, timer, voting, and more are available on the Team Plan. Moreover, you can add an unlimited number of viewers and commenters to your boards and you can create as many boards as you need – all of them will be active and editable.
- We charge monthly or yearly fee (depending on how you choose to pay) for each collaborator with editor rights.
Option 4: Business, Consultant, and Enterprise Plan
Business, Consultant, and Enterprise Plan offer Day Passes: they are a perfect fit for collaborators that seek out a fast, easy, and - most importantly - secure way to contribute to each other's workflow on a temporary basis.
A Day Pass is a user license that conveys all the functionalities of a Full license with a 24-hour limit.
Day Passes are used only when a user opens a board with Owner or Editor access rights and charged for every 24-hours user enters this board. If you collaborate on a board as a Viewer or Commenter, the Day Passes count stays intact.
Miro offers to use built-in video chat right on the board with up to 25 participants using videoconferencing simultaneously. You can use on Team, Business, Consultant, and Enterprise Plans.
It’s also possible to use Miro together with your videoconferencing tool of choice:
- Invite meeting or workshop participants to the board and to the video call
- Have meeting organizer or workshop facilitator share their screen with Miro board open
- Present content and invite everyone to collaborate on the board.
P.S. Miro integration with Zoom is coming soon. Please, stay tuned for updates.
Never start from scratch with Miro pre-made templates. Use Brainwriting, Retrospective, Ice Breaker templates and more with your team as is or use them for inspiration to build your own.
- create and save your own custom templates and share them with your team on Team, Education, Business, and Consultant Plans
- share templates across multiple teams on the Enterprise Plan.
Miro is designed to complement and enhance your workflow, not break it. That is why you can streamline your workflow with Miro by using integrations with tools you already love and use such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, Google Drive, Confluence, and more.
For example, you can
- Use Slack or Microsoft Teams integrations to be aware of new comments and mentions on your boards and other changes related to your profile and respond to them instantly
- Add Google Drive documents to Miro, open and edit them without leaving the board.
- Tips for using Miro in a remote team, especially if you are facilitating a workshop: 7 ways to make remote collaboration more effective with an online whiteboard
- General tips and tools for facilitators: What I’ve learned from facilitating over 100 remote collaborative workshops
- Miro VP of operations shares his tips for running a workshop in Zoom + Miro: How to measure the impact of remote workshops
- AJ&Smart agency shares its facilitation tips: 10 things about remote facilitation we (AJ&Smart) wish we’d known sooner
- Some basics about Miro that can be useful for workshop participants: Getting started with Miro
- Explore best practices from those who are already running successful online workshops in Miro so your next event can be an outstanding success: Running Online Workshops in Miro
- Everything you need to know about organizing, preparing and running remote work sessions, from workshops to meetings: Remote facilitation best practices
- Virtual Miro user group video about gamification techniques: VMUG03: How to add gamification to your facilitation with Miro
- A 20-minute video on the best facilitator's techniques: How to run a remote workshop
- Ice breaker template
- Meeting organizer template
- Remote design sprint template
- Brand sprint template
- Customer journey map template
- Service blueprint
- Retrospective templates