5 Group Activities for Virtual Meetings: Team Engagement: Virtual Workshops, Virtual Happy Hours

A lady is engaging online via a video meeting platform

Thanks to the Internet, all forms of human interactions can be replicated virtually. As technology progresses, engaging your online participants is not only possible, but essential for businesses to expand their impacts beyond the limitation of physical presence.

While remote working provides the flexibility to hire from a global talent pool, keeping remote team members connected is far more challenging than in the office. Especially during virtual meetings, your virtual team is usually disengaged with a short attention span, and that’s why you should treat them like 5-year-olds to ensure everyone has a valuable and meaningful time. And Toasty is exactly designed to tackle this.

How does Toasty work?

Toasty is built around small group activities that encourage everyone’s participation so that it is a 3-dimensional engagement, instead of a one-way approach that most virtual meetings take.

It is super easy to use Toasty since it is based on the web. The only thing you need to do is to share a Toasty link with your team, and participants can then join via their web browsers without any download or installation.

5 group activities for virtual meetings

#1 Team building: Strengthening personal connections

People’s first impressions on one another are often wrong.

Set up Who Said That to let people share their first impressions with each other.

  1. In your Toasty session, choose Who Said That
  2. Choose from our question templates (or even create your own!)
  3. During the session, put the assigned groups to Breakout Rooms to play Who Said That šŸŽ‰šŸŽ‰

#2 Team building: Brainstorming and story sharing

Team building is just as essential for remote teams as teams working in the same office. Use Toasty to provide a space for reflection after a major project.

  1. In your Toasty session, choose Conversation cards activities
  2. Choose Custom category
  3. Add questions relevant to your team reflection, such as:
    • What have we done well in this project?
    • What should we improve next time?
    • What is our biggest learning from this project?
    • What about the project that has made you grow as a person?
  4. During the session, put the Toasty groups to Breakout Rooms for reflection

#3 Workshops: Running live Q&A

  1. In your Toasty session, go to the Q&A tab
  2. Turn on Audience Q&A
  3. Inform your audience to submit Q&A any time during the session

#4 Meetings: Conducting group discussions

Your remote team might be thousands of miles away from each other. Fortunately, Toasty Group Response makes remote group discussions possible and makes it extremely easy for each group to share their findings/ideas with the entire audience.

  1. In your Toasty session, choose Group response activities
  2. Provide instruction on group activity, such as:
    • Ask the group to brainstorm on a topic
    • Ask the group to collaborate to find the answer to a question
    • Ask the group to come up with a mindmap of today’sā€™ learning
    • Ask the group to reflect what they learned today
  3. During the session, put the Toasty groups to Breakout Rooms for discussion
  4. After the discussion, bring everyone back to the main meeting room
  5. Let the groups submit answers and vote for the best answer

#5 Happy hour: Getting the conversation started

People hate small talks in person. People hate small talks online.
Set up Conversation Cards to foster meaningful conversations among remote audiences.

  1. In your Toasty session, choose Conversation cards activities
  2. Choose from one of the Conversation cards templates (or even create your own!)
  3. During the session, put the assigned groups to Breakout Rooms to play Conversation Cards šŸŽ‰šŸŽ‰

šŸ„ Are you ready to bring the audience engagement to your next virtual team building? If you are looking for a platform to provide a facilitated experience to drive remote team interactions, learn more about Toasty which is currently offering a 30 days free trial.