Trivia Games are a very powerful instrument to communicate while having fun.
1. Trivia Games and meetings. Is it better to be serious or witty?
Most meetings usually have two targets that are often in conflict with one another: to achieve the event’s intents (eg. communication, training, marketing, etc.) and to entertain the audience.
Most of the time, planners pursue both purposes with different and separate activities, dispensing a bit of seriousness first, and a bit of fun later.
But the ideal thing would be to combine the two, meaning reinforcing the ‘serious’ part by having fun at the same time.
2. Actually, being efficient is better
One of the most efficient systems, and the less complicated to plan, are the so-called Trivia Games, the timeless quizzes (do you remember Lascia o Raddoppia?).
According to David Jacobson, Founder of TrivWorks (an American company specialized in trivia games), to turn quizzes into a useful instrument for meetings it’s necessary to:
– analyze the audience (age, level of education, position within the company, etc.), so that the games can engage everyone;
– identify the objectives of the game, modelling it to that particular event.
Some of the targets that can be easily achieved by using trivia games, according to Jacobson, are:
– strengthening the group’s morale;
– introducing new team members;
– unifying two teams after a merger;
– improving team work;
– developing communication skills.
3. Why are trivia games so successful?
One of the reasons (probably the main one) is that they can be tailored and adapted to any corporation or association by using facts, products, people, strengths and weaknesses, in-house slang, previous experiences, and much more. This way, effortlessly, people of different ages, cultures and job titles come together and have fun.
4. Their outcomes
Other than applauses, laughter and cheering, participants also have lively debates on the topics of the meetings during breaks, and have fun in the process. Seems incredible? And yet, it happens, and their success is shown by the general appreciation of these meetings.
5. Modernize the formula
Fantasy and technology allow us to create infinite formulas. Individually or in teams, contestants randomly chosen, one department vs another one, everyone vs everyone, men vs women. And also timed quizzes, point quizzes, quizzes inspired by tv programs, and many more. We can use Mike Bongiorno‘s formula (contestants are questioned by the host on a stage) or use thousands of different web resources, such as televoting devices, apps, teleseminars, or live streamings. Speaking of which, trivia games also work for hybrid events (so with both a present and remote audience), as they make the participants interact.
6. Create the plot
How can a trivia game work for a busy meeting such as a presentation of new products or selling targets, or during a scientific conference?
The easiest way, and the one that is more commonly used, is using trivia games as relaxing breaks between two tough sessions. A good idea is to have a host for the quizzes alone (so a different one than the meeting’s); it doesn’t matter if they’re not famous, but they have to be brilliant. Having a theme song and a logo too is even better, because seeing and hearing host, theme song and logo lets everyone automatically know it’s time to play. After the first break, when the audience already knows what’s happening, they will start laughing even before the quiz begins.
7. A downpour of prizes
As trivial as it may seems, prizes are the reason of trivia games’ success.
A lot of small-medium prizes (usually something that can be used or consumed by anybody, such as a smartphone or food) are better that a few big ones. Presenting awards such as certificates, framed photos, comic stips, diplomas, etc. to go with the prizes is also a good idea.
Here is a short list of examples:
– McDonald’s gift cards
– local specialities (cheese, jam, etc.)
– medals (gold, silver, bronze)
– 1 vacation day
– free tickets (cinema, theatre, concerts, games)
– magazine subscriptions
– SPA treatments
– dinners for the team
A warning: no bulky objects (eg. chairs, beach umbrellas), as they are too difficult to move.
8. The magic recipe
To be successful, trivia games should be funny, exciting and competitive. Experts agree that questions should be balanced and divided into three categories:
– “general knowledge”, questions regarding current events, sports, pop culture, etc;
– “solving”, meaning riddles, puzzles, brain-teasers, logic or maths probems, etc;
– “meeting and company”, questions concerning the corporate world, people, products, issues discussed during the meeting, etc.
If choosing questions for the “general knowledge” and “corporate” lists appears to be quite easy, creating funny and engaging ones for the “solving” category is definitely harder. There are books and blogs about it, but it is necessary to dispose of a lot of material, as it is not easy to find something that fits to every meeting.
Here are some sources and suggestions that can help create your own trivia game:
– Training course material
– Quick Teambuilding activities
– Scavenger Hunt
– When in workttp
– Good Riddle Snow
You can find many more on Google 🙂