In this blog post we will introduce you to a tool that is seriously cool and very useful if you’re working as an enabler of change – the sticky wall!
These are amazing! The sticky wall means you can use A4 and A5 sized pages, without the need to use the expensive Post-it notes. Of course you still ask people to keep their ideas short and use markers so they’re easy to read at a distance. But It also means it is easy to stack the sheets of paper together afterwards if you need to type them all up.
Sticky walls are easy to make. Firstly you need a plastic tablecloth. Many shops have a party section and that’s often where you’ll find them, for only a couple dollars each. You can choose an interesting colour – pink anyone? – or just use black or white. Denise says – don’t get a patterned one though!
Next you need a can of repositional adhesive spray that you can buy at office supply or craft stores for anywhere between $15 and $50. This is essentially the same glue on Post-it notes. We’ve also heard people use hairspray with good success.
It’s best to prepare your sticky wall beforehand by spraying it in a well ventilated space. Just hang your tablecloth onto the wall and spray it with repositionable adhesive! Give it a few minutes to dry before folding up.
Blu-tack will hold up the sticky wall but we have seen painters masking tape being used to put up the sticky wall, as it doesn’t peel the paint off. Pretty easy!
Sticky walls are very versatile. For example you can use multiple sticky walls during your workshop and not be limited to perhaps one whiteboard where you’d typically place your Post-it notes. You can reuse your sticky wall four to five times, as long as you fold it up carefully. It’s light and easy to take with you in your workshop kit. You can use coloured paper of different sizes – and it’s heaps cheaper than buying lots of Post-it notes!
Denise says she has had one sticky wall disaster when she had prepped well before a workshop but had used just adhesive spray so when she unfolded it the sticky wall wasn’t sticky!! But generally they are a very reliable tool for your toolbox.
So you’ve read our thoughts, now we’d like to hear yours! Add a comment below this episode and tell us your experiences with sticky walls, including any tips and further ideas – and any disasters and how you coped! We don’t want this to just be a one-way conversation – join in by sharing your thoughts with us!
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