$6000 for a Whiteboard? This one is Different

Today’s office is evolving fast. You rarely see a fax machine, and many offices have gone totally paperless.

jamboard-collaboration-560Computers are smaller and don’t require as much storage space because everything is “in the cloud.” More and more employees are working on tablets and smart phones rather than desktops, so the average office is leaner, cleaner, and more streamlined. Meetings are virtual much of the time, so colleagues and co-workers are all over the world looking at a shared screen.

But nothing can replace an in-person gathering of people when personal interaction is necessary to collaborate on a project, and this is where the whiteboard comes in.

Whiteboards have been a fixture in office conference rooms for years, and they’re great for creating and sharing ideas, posting results, and just being creative. There is something about that beautiful open white space that makes you want to pick up a red marker and just draw!

Now, technology is trying to improve on the whiteboard and Google has entered the arena with “Jamboard” a 55-inch screen that integrates with other Google apps like Google Docs to make the whiteboard better. The price: $6,000.

Microsoft also has introduced a digital whiteboard in different sizes and prices from $5,000 to $21,000.

We think a digital whiteboard is fine if you can afford it, but there are some drawbacks. For one thing, you can’t heft a big-screen whiteboard from room to room, and carrying it across town or on board a plane might prove to be a challenge.

We introduced Whiteboard-in-a-Box, a self stick dry erase roll.  You can cut it to any size you need, stick it to a wall or other flat surface, and then remove it. It’s also perfect for re-surfacing existing whiteboards instead of replacing them, which saves a lot of money!

Obviously Whiteboard-in-a-Box is significantly less expensive than the digital versions and that’s a very big consideration. Ordering is easy at www.godryerase.com or www.whiteboardinabox.com.

So, Who’s the Genius That Invented the Dry Erase Board?

Don’t you wish it was you?

Many of the best great ideas and inventions happen when you’re not even looking for it. The dry-erase board, also known as a whiteboard, and a dry-wipe board was invented in the 1950’s by a photographer named Martin Heit. Apparently he was developing some film in a darkroom and decided to catalog the negatives by writing on them with a marker.

wbiab_sales_presentationLater, he noticed that the writing from the marker wiped off very easily, and voila (sound of light clicking on here) – he got an idea.

Heit created some material similar to photographic negatives, but made them white. He patented the idea and eventually sold it to a company named Dri-Mark, hopefully for a lot of money.

For a long time the white surface was attached to steel plates, which made them very heavy. Later they were stuck to particle board which lightened their weight, but they would wear out in about a year.

Whiteboards didn’t become widely used until several years later when the surfaces were improved and marker ink was developed to be removed with a special eraser.

In the 1990’s schools became very interested in whiteboards because of the concern over allergies to chalk dust. Businesses who employ a lot of creative talent love whiteboards because of the many colors that can be used to illustrate new ideas and concepts.

As you can see, the products has been consistently improved, but like every manufactured item, the dry-erase board has a life-expectancy. The is why Whiteboard-in-a-Box is so ingenious. When a common whiteboard, attached to wood or particle board starts to lose it’s shiny finish, it’s expensive to replace the whole board. Whiteboard-in-a-Box is a great alternative because it allows you to easily re-surface the worn board, at a fraction of the cost of a new board.

Whiteboard-in-a-Box is easy to size and cut, and it simply adheres to the old whiteboard, and looks shiny and new. Several seamless sizes are available at www.whiteboardinabox.com or www.godryerase.com

Markers, erasers, and marker clips are also available.

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Most people buy their dry erase markers at the big office supply store and never really give a thought to how long they last or how they perform. The ink runs out and they grab another marker from the supply closet. This seems to happen fairly often, but it’s not as high a priority as coffee.

7-markersAfter a few months they notice their dry erase board is looking a little dingy and streaked. Why? They shrug and keep cleaning it with their expensive dry-erase board cleaner, but it’s not long before it just doesn’t work. It’s embarrassing, what will the CEO say when he visits?

When you add up the cost of constantly buying markers and new dry-erase boards, it’s expensive!

The truth is, most people are using low-quality and expensive markers and cleaners that are inferior.

GoDryErase.com is proud to sell our own brand of Attitude markers that are made with superior ink, a better quality tip, and they are made in the U.S.A.

We invite you to try a pack of our markers and use them alongside the ones you have been using. See which ones write bolder and longer, and we think you’ll see very soon that the big-store markers (not made in the U.S.A.) run out long before ours do.

Clean with ATTITUDE! Our new line of cleaning products for school, officedry erase cleaner and home they are, non toxic, biodegradable, no toxic fumes, non-abrasive, environmentally safe, soy based, made in USA. Once you try the dry erase board cleaner you will be amazed! Spray on the surface and let it go to work! Tough on the job…Easy on the Earth! Made in USA. Classroom safe.

Click here to see our Dry Erase Markers and Clips page to order. We hope you give us an opportunity to serve you, and we promise you great service, products, and value. We also welcome your feedback, and when you call us, you speak with the owner.

Thank you!

Using a Whiteboard to Enhance Your Presentations

whiteboard44Preparing for a big presentation is one of the most difficult work-related tasks some people will ever undertake. But it doesn’t have to be.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Know your subject. Whatever you are focusing on for your presentation, read as much as you can about it, and watch videos. You want to thoroughly understand the subject.
  2. Use a visual aid, like a whiteboard. A visual presentation helps put things into perspective for people who have poor listening or retention skills. Many people just need that visual outline in order to understand the subject matter.
  3. Rehearse. About 3 days before the presentation, do several practice performances. If you have a couple friends with spare time, do it in front of them. Then ask them if they understood it. If it’s a sales presentation, ask them if they were sold. Don’t be afraid of negative feedback, it’s better to get it during rehearsal than after the real presentation.

Now, you should be confident going into the real show.

Regarding using a whiteboard, they are great for developing an explanation, diagrams and simple headings, and for recording interaction with, and comments from, the audience during brainstorming sessions.

Remember that writing on a whiteboard takes time and that you will have to turn your back to the audience to do so. If using a whiteboard, you should ensure that your handwriting is legible, aligned horizontally, and is sufficiently large to be seen by all the audience.

Bear in mind that white background of a whiteboard can cause contrast problems for people with vision impairment.

Imagine this nightmare: You go to a client’s office to make your presentation and when you arrive you discover that there is no whiteboard! Egad! What to do?

Fortunately, you were smart enough to have a Whiteboard in a Box in the trunk of your car. You stick it to the wall, and you’re ready-to-go!

Visit www.whiteboardinabox to see the options for this amazing product.