why you should hire a professional event planner
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Sara Natividade

2022.05.24

5 min read

7 reasons to hire a professional event planner

Have you ever been responsible for organizing an event and felt wildly overwhelmed and anxious? In situations like these, it can be smart to consider bringing on a professional event planner to take some things off your plate. Here are 6 reasons why you SHOULD do it!

Hosting Virtual Events

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Sara Natividade

2022.05.17

5 min read

6 Activities and Icebreaker Games for Fun Virtual Meetings

Are you in need of a quick fix of fun and laughter for your virtual meetings? At Toucan we have a a little black book of virtual activities and icebreaker games to spice up our own online meetings. Here it is - enjoy, and happy meetings!

Use Cases

are virtual events here to stay
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Shaily Hakimian

2022.04.20

3 min read

Are Virtual Events Here to Stay?

So, are Virtual Events Here to Stay? We do think so. And so does Shaily Hakimian. Learn more about our reasons and what makes us love virtual events so much.

Hosting Virtual Events

SSO, the Cure for Password Fatigue
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Sara Natividade

2022.04.11

4 min read

Single Sign-On, the Cure for Password Fatigue

You have probably heard the phrase Single Sign-On (SSO) a hundred times. Even if you don’t know exactly what it is, you’ve probably logged into something through SSO a hundred times, too. But what is it, and why do companies and people trust it so much?

Toucan How To's

Online tools for community building in the classroom
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Sara Natividade

2022.03.29

6 min read

Interactive online tools for community building in the classroom

In the past 2 years, there has been a growth in the online interactive learning tools market which is great. But it can also become overwhelming. With so many options, you never know what to choose and what would suit your classroom the best.

Community Management

Toucan Events 2nd Anniversary
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Antonia Hellman

2022.03.27

3 min read

Throwback Toucan: On this 2nd Toucanniversary…

It’s official; Toucan is 2 years old! Time really flies, and we’ve grown a lot. From all of us at Toucan, thank you for your support. We couldn’t be here without our friends, family, and the community around us lifting us up.

Toucan's Story

Icebreakers Games for Your Community
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Sara Natividade

2022.03.24

6 min read

11 Virtual icebreaker games that your community will LOVE

A good icebreaker can save any occasion from a dreadful awkward silence at the start. Especially online, these awkward moments might be extra hard to get through. This list of virtual icebreaker games will help you get everyone loosened up and the conversations flowing.

Community Management

Mobility Impact Partners x Toucan
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Amar Pradhan

2022.03.22

3 min read

Testimonial: A reflection on Mobility Impact Partners’ Debate

Do you feel a little nervous about hosting virtual events? Amar Pradhan (Partner, Mobility Impact Partners) reflects on what it was like to work with Toucan Producers to put on a debate with lots of moving parts.

Use Cases

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Sara Natividade

2022.03.21

4 min read

Virtual team-building icebreaker questions

Virtual communication might not be new to you. But sometimes, people and groups might need a little push to get the conversation going. It’s normal. But how? One word: Icebreakers!

Virtual Networking & Presentation

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Sara Natividade

2022.03.10

3 min read

What does a community manager do?

If you haven’t heard the word community manager, you may be living under a rock. Companies, organizations, nonprofits - you name it - are investing more time, energy, and money into developing strong communities. And a community manager is the key to that effort. But what exactly does a community manager do? Keep reading to find out!

Community Management

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Antonia Hellman

2022.03.08

4 min read

An ode to the women that lift others up

It’s safe to say that none of us would be where we are today without the support of the strong women in our lives. Our mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, guardians, teachers, friends, role models shape us into the people we are and show us that we can be anything - do anything.

Toucan's Story

how-tall-are-you-ice-breaker
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Antonia Hellman

2022.02.28

2 min read

How tall are you? A story by our CEO

Working remotely is a really cool concept. You can take people from all over the world, who otherwise would never cross paths, team them up, and create something great. But there are, inevitably, a few things that get lost across the virtual medium. Read this story from our CEO, Antonia Hellman.

Toucan's Story

how-not-to-guide-zoom-fatigue
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Sara Natividade

2022.02.23

3 min read

How-not-to Guide: Zoom Fatigue

Do you feel emotionally and physically drained after a few video calls? You’re probably suffering from what’s now commonly known as “Zoom fatigue.” The good news is that you don’t have to live like this. We’re offering you some tips on how to combat Zoom fatigue and approach video calls with a smile.

Virtual Networking & Presentation

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Sara Natividade

2022.02.15

3 min read

Virtual Presentation Ideas: Funny & Engaging (+7 Tips)

Getting up and presenting in front of a bunch of people can be tricky. It takes initiative and confidence, both of which can be difficult to muster sometimes. Let us help you out with a few tips and tricks to master getting up “on stage” virtually and speaking in front of a group.

Virtual Networking & Presentation

why toucan
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Antonia Hellman

2022.02.04

2 min read

Why "Toucan"? - Answered by Our CEO

"Why Toucan?". I get this question all the time, and it’s actually my favorite one to answer because there are so many layers. So I’m going to do it here so that it can live on the internet for all to read.

Toucan's Story

Virtual Game Night Ideas
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Sara Natividade

2022.02.01

5 min read

We hosted a virtual game night: This is what we learned (+4 tips)

We organized our first virtual game night! And it was really fun. This is how it went, PLUS some extra tips and ideas for you to organize your own.

Hosting Virtual Events

Socializing Routine Introvert
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Sara Natividade

2022.01.24

3 min read

How to socialize - tips from an introvert

Socializing can be pretty difficult for more introverted folks. Here are some tips and tricks that won’t just help you survive, but thrive in the social world!

Hosting Virtual Events

Mike Silberg x Toucan event speaker series
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Sara Natividade

2022.01.12

3 min read

Toucan Event Series x Mike Silberg

Our third "How to build a community" speaker series event featured community pro, Mike Silberg. Here are a few lessons we learned from him.

Community Management

Toucan’s Commitments for 2022
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Sara Natividade

2022.01.12

3 min read

These are Toucan’s Commitments for 2022

At our first meeting of the year, we shared our intentions and wishes for this upcoming year. Here are a few resolutions we came up with together.

Toucan's Story

Erik Martin x Toucan event speaker series
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Antonia Hellman

2022.01.12

3 min read

"You have a community...now what?" with Erik Martin

Did you miss our event series with Erik Martin? Well, luckily we put together four key takeaways for you.

Community Management

Tools to use with Toucan
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Antonia Hellman

2021.11.30

4 min read

Use these tools to enhance your virtual events and meetings

We introduce a little list of helpful software that’s come to us from our hosts on Toucan.

Hosting Virtual Events

Brian Oblinger x Toucan Event
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Antonia Hellman

2021.10.25

3 min read

Forming an Effective Community Strategy

Brian Oblinger recently hosted Toucan's second Event Series. Read to find out about forming an effective community strategy.

Community Management

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Elektra Murphy

2021.10.09

3 min read

How to host large virtual events on Toucan

Are you thinking of hosting a large online event? We've put together a list of top Toucan tips to get you ready.

Hosting Virtual Events

Marjorie Anderson x Toucan event speaker series
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Elektra Murphy

2021.09.28

3 min read

Toucan Event Series x Marjorie Anderson

Did you miss our event series with Marjorie Anderson? Well luckily we put together three key takeaways for you.

Community Management

Shaily Hakimian, Toucan Superhost
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Antonia Hellman

2021.08.20

3 min read

Shaily Hakimian Superhost Spotlight

Join Toucan CEO in conversation with Shaily Hakimian. Find out how she keeps her community engaged and thriving.

Use Cases

Man on a virtual event
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Elektra Murphy

2021.08.17

4 min read

8 virtual event ideas to make yours stand out

Are you looking to host your first event? We've put together 8 virtual event ideas to get you started.

Hosting Virtual Events

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Paul Murphy

2021.08.10

4 min read

What is remote work and how is it changing in 2021?

Remote work in 2021 is an entirely different ballgame then it was pre-pandemic. Join Paul Murphy in exploring the new remote work lifestyle.

Use Cases

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Antonia Hellman

2021.08.03

3 min read

Superhost Spotlight: Andrew Bennett

Join Toucans CEO in her interview with Andrew Bennett where we find out how he uses Toucan Events for his Multilingual Monday Meetups.

Use Cases

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Antonia Hellman

2021.07.23

3 min read

Superhost Spotlight: Ken Newby on the future of remote work

Ken Newby is interviewed by Toucan CEO to discuss how VisionRE is using the platform as their remote work space.

Use Cases

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Elektra Murphy

2021.07.13

3 min read

5 Tips to Host Your Online Networking Event

Are you thinking about hosting your first online networking event and don't know where to start? Have a look at our 5 tips to set you up for success!

Virtual Networking & Presentation

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Paul Murphy

2021.06.28

3 min read

Virtual Workspace: Bring Flexibility to your Office

Do we need virtual workspaces that recreate physical workspaces or do we need tools that allow us to work virtually?

Toucan How To's

Ethan Hellman and his family
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Ethan Hellman

2021.06.20

2 min read

To our father, father figures, and fathers around the world

Toucan's co-founder, Ethan Hellman's, first blog! Wishing the father's around the world a happy Father's Day.

Toucan's Story

Code Beam
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Antonia Hellman

2021.06.18

3 min read

Code BEAM Virtual Conference x Toucan Events

Code BEAM recently hosted a virtual conference of Toucan for their community. Read on to find out about their experience and their chat with Antonia.

Use Cases

Toucan networking event
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Antonia Hellman

2021.06.07

2 min read

Virtual Networking on Toucan Events

Ever wonder how to host a successful virtual networking event? Toucan's CEO, has written up a how-to for your networking event.

Virtual Networking & Presentation

Paul Murphy's Toucan Space
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Paul Murphy

2021.06.01

3 min read

Tips & Tricks: How I use my Toucan Space

One founder explains how he uses his Toucan Space.

Toucan How To's

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Paul Murphy

2021.05.17

3 min read

Toucan's First Online Baking Class

We invited a professional baker to teach us how to make baguettes. We learned a ton!

Hosting Virtual Events

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Paul Murphy

2021.05.10

10 min read

Hey There! Meet Toucan’s New Spaces

One founder's reaction to Toucan's new Spaces.

Toucan How To's

Virtual office space
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Paul Murphy

2021.05.05

3 min read

New: Introducing Toucan Spaces

Toucan introduces Spaces, permanent locations for events and casual meetups.

Toucan How To's

Ethan Hellman and Antonia Hellman as children
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Antonia Hellman

2021.04.27

4 min read

Story Time: Co-founding with my brother

“What’s it like co-founding a company with your brother?” Antonia Hellman writes her response to the question on everybody’s minds.

Toucan's Story

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Paul Murphy

2021.04.12

6 min read

Work Modalities and Where Toucan Fits

Working together online is fundamentally different than working together in person because most online tools don't allow multiple modalities. Toucan does.

Toucan How To's

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John Davison

2021.04.08

3 min read

Toucan for Standups, 
Good Bye Zoom

We are proud to publish our first guest blog! John Davison wrote a great piece on Toucan and it's differences to Zoom.

Toucan How To's

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Paul Murphy

2021.04.06

5 min read

Shakespeare and Pseudonymity

Shakespeare had something to teach me about online pseudonymity.

Toucan's Story

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Paul Murphy

2021.03.29

9 min read

Pool Culture

Rules and etiquette at public pools throughout the world are surprisingly different.

Toucan's Story

Toucan event with Bill von Hippel
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Paul Murphy

2021.03.21

4 min read

Toucan, My Professional Kilimanjaro

Obsessions are a prime motivator for invention. These are some of the obsessions that push my work on Toucan.

Toucan's Story

Toucan event
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Antonia Hellman

2021.03.16

4 min read

Superhost Spotlight: Roxanne Feldman

Since last July, Roxanne Feldman has hosted hundreds of people on Toucan and come up with the most innovative activities.

Use Cases

Kilimanjaro
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Paul Murphy

2021.03.15

3 min read

Kilimanjaro

Ideas from art works often fuel obsessions that push me to act.

Culture

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Paul Murphy

2021.03.09

6 min read

In Praise of Etiquette

If we can't develop virtual etiquette we're going to be stuck with moderation. Moderation leads to censorship and banishment.

Toucan's Story

Fog
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Paul Murphy

2021.02.26

3 min read

Fog: And what it taught me

Getting lost is fine, as long you're prepared enough to find your way home.

Toucan's Story

Toucan event with EnterpriseGuy
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Antonia Hellman

2021.02.22

2 min read

Toucan x EnterpriseGuy

EnterpriseGuy is one of Toucan's superhost. He has used the platform to host his communities networking events. We interviewed him to find out more.

Use Cases

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Paul Murphy

2021.02.09

3 min read

Burning Down the House

Building a fire produces anxiety, prevents procrastination, and ultimately brings joy. That's what customer acquisition is like.

Toucan's Story

Two people putting together lego pieces
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Paul Murphy

2021.02.06

4 min read

Distributed Everything: Work, Companies & Socializing

First we distributed work. Then we distributed companies. Now we're distributing socializing.

Toucan How To's

Virtual call on a screen
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Antonia Hellman

2021.02.05

4 min read

The Birthday that Broke the Camel's Back

All it takes is one bad virtual call to make you want to swear off Zoom forever. This is what happened with Toucan founders.

Toucan's Story

Man on a video call with a woman
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Paul Murphy

2021.02.02

4 min read

Of Course I Can Dance

Ever wonder what's the difference between real-life events and virtual meetings?

Toucan's Story

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Antonia Hellman

2021.01.30

2 min read

No Mics, Camera, or Action: Is This Our Pandemic Movie?

Toucan CEO, Antonia Hellman, explores the event that drove them to start Toucan. One bad Zoom led to founding of our company.

Toucan's Story

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Paul Murphy

2021.01.26

3 min read

Pssst, Please Don't Mute!

Have you ever thought about your mute button from a product perspective? Well we have in Toucan's newest blog 'Please Don't Mute'.

Toucan's Story

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Paul Murphy

2021.01.22

3 min read

Being a Wallflower

Toucan was made for Wallflowers. Read about Paul Murphy's experience of being a wallflower and how it's shaped his view of virtual socializing.

Toucan's Story

Woman with head on table
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Antonia Hellman

2021.01.07

2 min read

Mental Health in a Distanced World

Have you thought about how lockdown is affecting your mental health? Toucan was founded to increase connections and reduce isolation during these times.

Toucan's Story

Toucan virtual event
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Paul Murphy

2020.10.30

2 min read

The Split and Inspiration Behind Toucan's Design

Find out what inspired Toucan's design and how this new platform has been built to support online social interactions.

Toucan How To's

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