Virtual events have accelerated! I mean, all in-person events as we know it (and there were a lot!), had to go virtual because everyone was quarantined at home.
Because there are so many virtual events, how does one stand out from another? What makes one virtual event better than another? Is it the speaker? Is it the lighting and video and audio quality? Perhaps. But it’s also the engagement with the audience. It’s not enough to have them sit in front of a screen and watch something - everyone’s doing that these days (I mean - what else is there to do?). People want more engagement and more connection.
The hardest thing to do through video is the social stuff.
And that’s why here are 5 social events and templates to try out on Rally today to make your virtual events more fun!
One of our most popular games, and easiest one to set-up, is definitely Bingo. We don’t do Bingo the normal way though - there are no numbers in our Bingo sheet!
There’s a few different ways to do this. Try replacing the numbers with:
- Fun facts about your friends and colleagues. And try to get the good stuff, like, “Who ate 4 cockroaches when they were in Thailand?” That should spur up a good story!
- Interesting questions that spur up conversations. “What was your favourite place to go to as a kid?”
- Topics that are specific to a topic. If the topic is Quarantine you might have questions like, “Who’s watched Tiger king?”
Create your own Bingo Sheet (or use one of ours!) and attach this to the Room Link URL for guests to click on. Easy mode: someone gets 5 in a row. Hard mode: black out, they have to get everything on the sheet!
2. Shuffle Game
Also very easy to set-up and takes advantage of our shuffle feature! Great for just 2 people to get to know each other better or for groups of 20 stranger for an icebreaker networking event!
The game requires you to
- Upload a fun icebreaker website to your Rally room like 36 Questions to Fall in Love (or a sillier one like this one)
- Shuffle everyone around every 5 minutes into tables of 2 (you can switch this up to tables of 3 or 4 - up to you!)
- When you get paired up, you can click the button at the top to open up the website
- Start asking questions to get to know the table
- Switch every 5 minutes!
Check out our page here for more detailed instructions on how to add a link to your room and set it up, and a one-pager you can send your guests before they join.
Why not have a different speaker or team member teach something they love on Rally? With the ability to have multiple rooms, you can have everyone on Rally at the same time and allow users to pick and choose which room they want to go to for which topic they want to learn about.
One room can be about how to grow plants, another for healthy eating, and maybe another room for showing off your pet!! Users can also hop from one room to another to check out other talks and stay behind to mingle afterwards with the speaker to ask questions.
4. Powerpoint Karaoke
This one is hilarious! Really tests a person’s improv skills and how quickly they think on the spot. Great for building up confidence and presentation skills. Can be used for team building but also amongst friends.
This is an improv game where you give a presentation from a slide deck you've never seen before. Make your own or pick one online from various websites like PowerPoint Karaoke and Karaoke Powerpoint. Guaranteed fun!! Keep pulling various people up on stage to present or bring up a whole team onto the stage and get them to take turns talking through each slide!
5. Industry Music and Magic Night
Put on a fun show for your guests! This is not only great for the audience but also a great experience for the performer as well.
Performing on Zoom….let’s just say it works okay. The key thing that’s missing is the engagement and interactiveness from the audience. It’s so important for someone on stage to know how the crowd is feeling - whether they’re laughing, crying or clapping. And it’s not enough to see the clapping on the screen in a sea of silence.
Performers can actually hear the audience while on stage in Rally without the sound overpowering them. Try bringing in a live musician, comedian or even a magician for one of your social events! One of our favourites is Daniel Chan (@danchanmagic) who always promises an amazing show!!
Virtual events can easily get old and tiresome on Zoom but you can make them more fun and memorable for your guests!
Try out one of our templates today and let us know how it goes! If you have an event you’re thinking about running but unsure of how to do so - give us a ping at firstname.lastname@example.org and the team will be sure to help you out.
If you DO end up trying one of our games - don’t forget to take a screenshot and tag us at @rallydotvideo!! :)