One question people ask: “How do I get started using Toasty for my virtual events?”. 

Here’s 5 tips for giving your attendees a Toasty experience with no fuss and no stress.

1. Decide if you will use Toasty for your entire virtual event

When it comes to collaboration, interaction and group activities, Toasty shines. With a suite of virtual meeting tools, many sessions can be run entirely on Toasty.

Toasty Virtual can handle up to 50 participants, so if you're running a bigger event like an online conference, you'll need to look at other solutions, to handle your keynote presentations, for example. If you just want to use Toasty for your networking session, your attendees can join by clicking a link.

For smaller interactive workshops and events, Toasty offers video conferencing, screen sharing, audience Q&A and seamless breakout rooms, features that should cover everything you need.

Most workshops will have a mix of content - including presentations and small-group activities, and Toasty is designed to make it smooth and easy to design and run a varied agenda.

We've written a blog post with more detailed examples of how to take advantage of Toasty in workshop.

Tip: Sticking with one platform is easier for your participants, so we recommending using only Toasty for most events.

2. Craft the perfect icebreaker questions 

We suggest having 3-5 questions that will help your audience learn something interesting about each other.

Keep most of them fun, lightweight and topical. But remember to ask what you need to know, such as “Have you been to this event before?”

Tip: Use our Question Templates to find ready-to-use questions. You can even adapt these to suit your event.

3. Add fun group activities

After your attendees have joined Toasty and answered the icebreaker questions, they'll be assigned a group number, and as the host you're able to control when participants 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. The groups will work together or compete against each other, further breaking the ice, kick-starting conversations and forging new connections.

Here's a quick overview of the activities:

Group Response
Each group submits text or an image and then vote on the best. Get your groups working together to solve a problem, brainstorm or even take a group selfie 📸

Conversation Cards
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.

Contact Exchange with the Toasty Button
Group members hold down the Toasty Button at the same time and an introduction email is sent, allowing them to pick up the conversation later. Way more fun than swapping business cards!

4. Test your Toasty session

Once you’re done, grab a couple of friends and 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.

Once you’re done testing, click Reset all data to clear the data.

5. Invite your participants to join your session on their web browser

It's easy for your participants to join your event, you just need to share the link from the Toasty dashboard.

You can send it to your participants by email, 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 participants 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!

I hope this helps! If you have any more questions about how to get Toasty working for your virtual event or workshop, just reach out via Help Chat.

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