What is a trivia night?
A trivia night, or pub quiz, is ordinarily an informal contest where teams of 4-8 (6 is the ideal) spend a few hours in a bar determining who has the most useless, trivial knowledge. A triviamaster organizes a quiz with 50 to one hundred questions, usually broken into groups of 10 questions. groups of questions could include sport and leisure, general knowledge, science, history, geography and arts and literature. At the conclusion of the event, the group that has answered the most quiz questions is the champion. The winning team usually wins a small prize, but more importantly, pride of being the champs!
How to lead a successful quiz night
Find a location
The best location for a quiz night, in order of suitability:
A neighborhood pub or bar, but attempt to pick a night 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 patrons may interrupt your event.
A church. Make sure there is an area that can accommodate the amount of participants attending. If it’s a very large room, make sure you bring a mike and-or a public address system. You might also intend to sell food and drink, just be sure to check with the local regulations.
School hall. Same concerns as running it at a church.
Promote your trivia night.
Talk to the bar about publicizing your quiz night. If its on a night they are not busy, they will be happy with the extra customers and may put up posters promoting your event.
Some additional ways to publicize your event:
Meetup.com. Start a new meetup group related to quizzes. People are always looking for quizzes and it’s an easy way to advertise your event.
Facebook. Publicize your event on facebook targeting people who are interested in trivia.Ask your friends and family! It’s the best and cheapest way to get everyone interested in your event. Make a status update, tweet or use any means you have to publicize it, just don’t overdo it.
Spend time preparing some great 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 difficult and also entertaining, that requires time.! This is in all likelihood the most significant part of getting prepared for your trivia night.
If you do not want to spend the hours on this, you can obtain one of our quiz night offer which includes:
70 questions divided up into 7 sections. Some categories may include:
o Mixed bag (General Knowledge)
o Leisure and Sport (Food and Drink)
o Science (Anatomy)
o Picture Round (World Leaders)
o Music (The 1980s)
o Literature (European Artists)
o Geography (France)
o Final Trivia Round
o Tie-breaking Question
• An automated scoring sheet
• Handouts for the picture round
• Handouts for the answer sheets
• A step by step guide to using the kit
Most players who play pub quizzes are not in it for the prizes, but it unquestionably makes your event better. You can speak to the pub or restaurant about throwing in some gift cards depending on how many people you bring to the pub. You may also ask customers to contribute 2-5 dollars at the start of the night and use that for the prizes.
10 tips for running a successful quiz event:
1. Prepare questions of variable difficulty. The best rule of thumb is for every 10 questions, give 3 simple, 3 hard and 4 somewhere in between. Too many difficult or too many simple questions will result in the players becoming bored, or demoralized.
2. Have clear, and concise rules! Make sure all customers know all the rules before the trivia starts. Clear rules will lead to a smooth event.
3. Take a little break midway through the trivia night. Your customers will thank you for it.
4. Be entertaining! Try to throw in a joke or 2 throughout the quiz night, or have fun with some of the questions.
5. Instead of grading the scores each round (This takes a lot of time!) have the teams 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 players.
6. Update the scores each round. Utilize either a paper score sheet, or even easier, something that can go up on the big screen.
7. We all make mistakes. If you realize one of your questions is incorrect, admit to it and give all teams full marks for that question. Have Google on standby to check while you are in between questions if you have any doubt…
8. Prepare, prepare, prepare! It takes practice to make things run smoothly, but the more you are prepared, the better the event will be for everybody.
9. When handing out answer sheets at the outset of the trivia night, be sure to supply additional scrap paper for the teams, along with a pen or pencil.
10. HAVE FUN! If you have fun, the customers will have fun as well and will probably come back for more!
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