One question people ask often: “How do I get started using Toasty?”.
The first thing to explore is what is Toasty for?
Toasty is ideal for these team meetings:
✅ Daily Standup / Weekly Meeting
✅ All Hands / Retrospective
✅ Happy Hour / Team Social
Of course, some would argue that because Toasty focuses on engagement and interactiveness, it can be used for other settings as well. If you find your own use case, why not?
Once you're clear whether Toasty is for you, here are 5 tips for giving your team an engaging Toasty experience with no fuss and no stress.
1. Decide if you will use Toasty for your entire meeting
Toasty can handle up to 25 participants for each session, so if you're running a larger meeting e.g. All Hands for 100 pax, you can explore combining other platforms with Toasty and use Toasty purely for the interactive team engagement part. Your people who are interested to join can join by clicking a link.
When it comes to a facilitated environment of collaboration, interaction and group activities, Toasty shines. With a suite of virtual meeting features like video conferencing, screen sharing, group chat, audience Q&A and seamless breakout rooms etc., many meetings in your team can actually be run entirely on Toasty.
Tip: Sticking with one platform is easier for your team, so we recommending using only Toasty whenever possible.
2. Craft the perfect icebreaker grouping questions
Icebreaker grouping questions are not just fun and engaging on Toasty, our algorithm looks at the answers from everyone and determine who should be grouped with whom. This creates dynamic group combination that always bring different team members together. Alternatively, you can manually decide on the grouping.
We suggest having 3-5 questions that will either 1) help you form the groups you want or 2) help your team learn something interesting about each other.
Keep most of them fun, lightweight and topical.
Tip: Use our Question Templates to find ready-to-use questions. You can even adapt these to suit your event.
3. Design powerful small group activities
After either an automatic grouping via icebreaker grouping questions or manual grouping, all your team members will be assigned a group. As the host, you're able to control when people are in the main room or their group breakout rooms.
Now the fun can really begin! Toasty has a number of activities and games that you can add to your session. All the groups will be guided by these activities to get to know each other and work together towards a topic set by you. With the right facilitation via Toasty and you (the host), everyone is given an engaging experience.
Here's a quick overview of the activities:
Each group submits text or an image and then vote on the best (optional). Get your groups working together to solve a problem, brainstorm or even do something fun like take a group selfie 📸
Group members take turns to pick a card and lead a group chat about that topic. Awesome for group discussions or a fun way to introduce everyone.
Who Said That
Each group member secretly answer a question and then try to match the answer with the group members, guessing "Who Said That?". A fast, fun and competitive ice-breaking game.
4. Test your Toasty session
Once you’re done, grab a couple of colleagues and try it out! Send them the invitation link so they can join.
Make sure everyone understands the questions and answers, and the flow makes sense. Plus, you can explore the different features of Toasty.
You can test your session as many times as you need.
Click Start session to open the session as the host. Your fellow testers will join as participants via a toasty.fun URL. P.S. host and participants have 2 different links!
Once you’re done testing, click Reset all data to clear the data.
5. Invite your team to join your session on their web browser
It's easy for your team to join your session, you just need to share the link from the Toasty dashboard.
You can send it to your team by email or Slack, or include it in a calendar event. Remember to let them know what time you will be starting!
It's a great idea to let your team know that Toasty works on desktop and laptop computers, but not with mobile devices. Google Chrome is the browser to use for the best experience. Big screens equal big engagement!
You can share this participant guideline to all your participants to ensure that they're ready to go: https://blog.toasty.ai/toasty-how-best-virtual-participants/
I hope this helps! If you have any more questions about how to use Toasty to make it interactive and engaging for your team meetings, just reach out to us via Help Chat.