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Strategies For Hosting A Very Successful Trivia Night

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Exactly what is a quiz night?

A trivia night, or pub quiz, is normally an informal competition where teams of 4-8 (6 is the ideal) spend a few hours in a tavern figuring out who has the most useless, trivial minds. A triviamaster organizes a quiz with sixty to one hundred questions, ordinarily divided into groups of 10 questions. groups of questions may include sports, grab bag, science, history, geography and arts and literature. At the end of the event, the team that has correctly answered the most quiz questions is the champion. The winning team usually wins a modest prize, but more significantly, pride of being the champions!

How to host a successful trivia night

Find a location

The best spot for a quiz night, in order of suitability:

A neighborhood pub or bar, but attempt to choose a day that is not busy. The pub will in all likelihood not let you host an event on a busy night, and the disturbance from the other customers may interrupt your event.

A church building. Make sure there is an area that can accommodate the number of people attending. If it's a big room, make sure you bring a microphone and-or a public address system. You might also wish to sell food and drink, just be sure to check with the local rules.

School hall. Same concerns as hosting it at a church.

Promote your quiz night.

Talk to the pub about advertising your event. If its on a day they are not crowded, they will welcome the extra customers and may put up posters promoting your event.

Some other ways to publicize your event:

Meetup.com. Begin a new meetup group related to quizzes. People are always looking for quizzes and it's an easy way to publicize your event.

Facebook. Advertise on facebook focusing on people who are interested in trivia.Ask your family! It's the best and cheapest way to get everyone interested in your event. Post a status update, tweet or use any means you have to promote it, just don't overdo it.

Spend time getting some excellent questions and categories. Anyone can haphazardly put together 50-100 questions for a quiz night, but to prepare good questions that are not too simple, not too challenging and also interesting and entertaining, that requires time.! This is likely the most crucial part of getting prepared for your trivia night.

If you do not want to devote the amount of time with this, you can download our trivia night package which includes:

70 questions divided into 7 categories. Some sections may include:

 o Mixed bag (General Knowledge)

 o Leisure and Sport (Basketball)

 o Science (The Periodic Table)

 o Image Round (Actors)

 o Audio (The 1980s)

 o Arts and Literature (European Artists)

 o People and Places (The USA)

 o Final Trivia Round

 o Tie-breaking Question

 o Rules

 • An automated scoring sheet

 • Handouts for the picture round

 • Handouts for the answer sheets

 • A step by step guide to using the kit

 Prizes

Most players who play pub quizzes are not in it for the money, but it definitely makes your trivia night better. You can speak to the bar or restaurant about adding some gift certificates based on how many players you bring to the bar. You may also want people to chip in 2-5 dollars at the beginning of the night and use that for the prizes.

10 ideas for operating a successful quiz event:

1. Prepare questions of varying difficulty. The normal rule of thumb is for every 10 questions, give 3 easy, 3 hard and 4 somewhere in between. Too many difficult or too many simple questions will result in the customers getting bored, or demoralized.

2. Have clear, and concise rules! Make sure all customers know all the rules before the quiz starts. Clear rules will lead to a smooth quiz.

3. Take a short break midway through the event. Your players will thank you for it.

  1. Be entertaining! Try to throw in a joke or 2 throughout the trivia night, or have fun with a few of the questions.

5. Instead of grading the scores each round (This takes a lot of time!) have the groups do their own marking by passing the answer sheets around each round. It will save a LOT of time and it's much less frustrating for the customers.

6. Update the scoring each round. Use either a paper score sheet, or even better, something that can go up on the big screen.

  1. We all make errors. If you recognize one of your questions is wrong, admit to it and give all groups full points for that answer. Have Google on standby to research while you are in between questions if you have any doubt...

8. Prepare, prepare, prepare! It takes time to make things run smoothly, but the more you are ready, the better the experience will be for everyone.

9. When giving out answer sheets at the beginning of the quiz, be sure to provide additional scrap paper for the groups, along with a pen or pencil.

10. HAVE FUN! If you have fun, the players will have fun too and will in all likelihood come back for more!

We hope you value this article. If there is something we can do to assist with your next trivia event, please let us know. We areTrivianightinabox.com.

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