Pre-meeting tips: Setting up your board in Lucidspark

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Nothing puts a room to sleep like a wall of text. Or a lengthy monologue, for that matter. Here’s the point: Words are great, sure, but in moderation. And too often meetings consist of lots of talking without much actual communication. We’ve been saying it at Lucid for years: To communicate effectively, communicate visually.  

Of course, slapping a few images on the screen doesn’t magically make a meeting better or more effective. Productive meetings, like strategic planning sessions, require two things: Effective communication and attendee engagement. There’s no point in including visuals if your coworkers aren’t engaging with them. 

So what does this look like in practice? Enter Lucidspark. In Lucidspark, you can plan a meeting out, just like you would on a whiteboard: What are the goals? What ideas need to be fleshed out? You can set up an overarching structure before the meeting to ensure you hit all of the key points. And because Lucidspark is collaborative, it’s easy to engage with each individual at the meeting—they can add their ideas, tasks, and more in real time. 

Tips for setting up your board in Lucidspark

Lucidspark can do a lot—where do you even start? We get it, it can be a little daunting. That’s why we’ve put together this list of useful tips and tricks for setting up your board in Lucidspark before a meeting. With your board already set up, you’ll be able to jump right in to what’s really important: collaboration, communication, and innovation. 

Add an agenda or project summary in the Note Panel

Meetings often run late—it’s a frustration most of us have to deal with at least a few times a month. And when meetings run late, things get cut short. And to make up for that lost time, we schedule even more meetings. It’s inefficient and, let’s face it, incredibly annoying. 

Don’t let this be you. As you set up your meeting board in Lucidspark, use the Note Panel (found in the upper right corner) to include an agenda. This way, as you move through your meeting board, you can quickly check to see how you’re doing on time, what’s next, and plan accordingly.

The Note Panel is also a great place for any other frequently referenced information—a project or meeting summary, action items, etc. 

Add a title

This one might be a little obvious, but hey, better safe than sorry. If you don’t rename your Lucidspark board, you risk losing it amongst other untitled documents. Plus, a good title lets your coworkers know they’re in the right place as soon as they open the board. (Pro tip: Be consistent in the way you title your documents—it’ll save you from future headaches.)

Use containers to set up multiple work areas

Lucidspark boards can spread as wide as you need them to—it’s one of the handiest features! But with great power comes great responsibility. As the meeting leader, it’s your job to keep the board organized. 

As you set up the board before a meeting, consider various aspects of the meeting: Who is attending? What tasks need to be accomplished? Will others be editing the board? 

From there, use containers to organize your board. You might have containers for each idea or issue you are brainstorming, or for each individual/team participating in the meeting.  

Use templates

What’s the purpose of your meeting? Brainstorming? Analysis? Or something else entirely? Before building out your own Lucidspark board from scratch, take a look at the template library—chances are there’s a template that will help you set up your chosen framework even faster. 

Add instructions

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: Meetings often run late. But why? Often it’s because people join the meeting late and need to be caught up. Which is to say, the first part of the meeting has to be repeated. 

While you may never be able to avoid this completely, there are preventative steps you can take in Lucidspark. For each part or section of your board, add a text box with simple instructions. Latecomers can then quickly catch themselves up on what’s going on. 

You can also add arrows between each section to show the order in which you will address them. This way, late arrivals can also backtrack to see what they’ve missed. 

Include a legend

If you plan to use any sort of color-coding or emojis to help sort ideas, include a legend. (A small table with each color or symbol and its respective meaning.) Just because your system makes sense to you, doesn’t mean everyone else will get it intuitively. Adding a legend is a quick step that explains the sorting system, and ensures everyone is on the same page. 

Use the “share” feature 

As mentioned above, Lucidspark boards can extend far and wide. Which is great, because it means you can fit a lot of information in a single board. But chances are not everyone you share the board with will need all of that information. 

If you’re thinking that digging through an extensive board to find one specific area seems inefficient, don’t worry: We’re one step ahead of you. As you share your Lucidspark board with collaborators, you can ensure that the link takes them to the part of the board they need to see. Simply open the Sharing dialogue box, click “Get Shareable Link” in the upper right corner, and select the “Link to current view” box.

Using the Join ID feature is another great way to conveniently share your board with others. As a facilitator, all you need to do is send out the code to other collaborators.

For anyone leading a meeting, whether in person or via video chat, fostering engagement is a difficult, but essential task. Take advantage of Lucidspark’s visual collaboration features to get and keep teammates involved for the entire meeting.

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