Here at Blrt HQ, we are passionate believers in the fact that things go better when people are communicating well. Blrt was developed with the goal of making conversation better. Especially those conversations between people who’re separated by time zones, distance or crazy schedules, preventing them from making conversation face to face. So in the spirit of communicating well, we decided to throw together a quick guide on how to use Blrt to have better conversations in just three simple steps.
Making conversation can be tricky
We’re sure you’ve taken part in one of those annoying exchanges that often happen between people. It’s not unusual for one or both parties go away thinking something like:
“Why wasn’t he listening to me?”, or
“Phew – I’m glad that’s settled”, while their counterpart walks off thinking something else entirely, or
“She likes the red one on the left”, when in actual fact the cerise one on the right was the object of her desire.
And when the conversation involves people who are separated by something like a phone, or a keyboard, the results can be even more frustrating, and confusing, and time-consuming, and…. and….. and. Urgh.
Like it or not, though, it’s through making conversation that pretty much everything that needs to be done gets done, and it’s been that way since we used to grunt at each other in caves about spearing critters for our dinner. Back then we’d usually scrawl a picture on the wall of said cave to clarify said grunts and, believe it or not, it was the realisation that words were better when accompanied by visuals, that was the inspiration for Blrt. So we thought we’d come up with a short guide to making conversation better to try and help you have fewer ‘urgh’ conversations.Making #conversation can be challenging - do it better with #Blrt. Click To Tweet
Making conversation better with Blrt
Point 1: Use lots of pictures.
The most fabulous thing about Blrt is that you can use it to talk over pretty much any piece of visual media to explain yourself, and you can get it into your Blrt super easily.
After hitting the ‘New Blrt’ button, you get asked to add media. Blrt gives you the option to get your media from a multitude of places:
A: Snap a photo right there and then with your camera
B: Grab one from your photo gallery
C: Pick one from a folder on your phone
D: Choose one from a cloud drive, such as iCloud or Dropbox
E: Find one on the internet using Blrt’s built in browser.
F: Paste an image that you copied earlier
With Blrt’s basic version, you can put up to 10 photos into your Blrt. And with the premium version, you can put up to 25 in! With all that photographic action, there’s every opportunity to explain exactly what you’re talking about
Point 2: Do lots of movement and zooming.
The next big benefit of Blrt, which allows you to make yourself even clearer, is the ability to move around your page and really zoom right in to the detail that you’re trying to draw attention to or explain.
You do it like this:
A: After adding your media while on the ‘Add pages to Blrt’ screen, you hit the ‘create’ button.
B: You hit the record button and, using two fingers like you normally would on a touch device, move around your page
C: You can move the image anywhere you want it to be on your canvas, and zoom right in to the smallest detail on any area of the image
In the photo that I used in this example, I was able to to zoom right in and focus on the little things in the image, like a vase, the price, some flaws in the painting, which is not really possible when you’re explaining something under normal circumstances.
Point 3: Use those drawing tools, a LOT.
To add even more explaining power to your recording, take advantage of Blrt’s abundance of drawing tools.You can activate these as soon as you’ve hit the record button on your Blrt, and start squiggling away to your heart’s content while you’re talking. Most of the drawing tools add permanent mark-ups to the media you’re discussing. The exception to this is the pointer tool, which simply creates a dot that moves with your finger over the canvas and disappears the moment you lift your finger from the screen.
Here’s a quick rundown on the tools, which are all available in six colours:
A: Pencil – allows you to draw freehand over the canvas
B: Pointer – allows you to point at something without marking the canvas
C: Line – allows you to draw a perfectly straight line
D: Circle – allows you to draw a circle or oval
E: Rectangle – allows you to draw a perfect, four-sided shape of any size
F: You can also change the thickness of the lines that you draw if you wish.
This is where Blrt kicks butt over explaining an image over the phone, or on email, or even in person. If you wanted to zoom in to something, or mark something up, you would normally have to find some sort of mark-up tool and a photo editing tool, and create a bunch of new images. These you’d attach to an email, or stick on a cloud drive somewhere, and hope to all that’s holy that the person you’re corresponding with would actually bother to open them.
With Blrt, it’s all there in front of them, recorded just like a video that they can play as many times as they like, with your voice guiding them through the nitty gritty, giving them perfect clarity on exactly what you mean. And even better, they can reply to you, using the same media to ask questions. Now that’s what we call making conversation better.
Making conversation has never been more dynamic and flexible than with Blrt.
Blrt helps you get your point across quickly by allowing you to talk, point and draw over images, documents and websites. The resulting video-like recording is called a Blrt.
Your Blrts require much less bandwidth than video and can be shared with anyone on mobile or desktop. This makes Blrt ideal for both collaboration and the creation and sharing of dynamic content, as public Blrts can be embedded into any webpage.
Once recorded, Blrts are stored in the cloud and are exchanged with others in a conversation-like fashion. A record is kept of the exchange, and new parties and media can be added at any time.
Blrt shifts time and place, allowing users in a conversation to participate in their own time. In an era where activity-based working and distributed teams are commonplace, Blrt is revolutionising the way people interact to get things done.