No matter if we are engrossed in a tv game show, impressing one another with our trivia knowledge, or racking our brains at a family gathering, we all love a good quiz. Entertaining quizzes need not have the same format or similar questions. They should be all about having fun and thinking creatively while enjoying a fun and friendly bit of competition.
Decide on a quiz format early, considering multiple-choice questions, player-selected categories, and time limits. Keep it simple to lessen admin burden and ensure enjoyment. Avoid complex rounds and rule-laden categories that confuse the audience and cause headaches.
How long should the quiz be? Too few questions and it ends quickly, while too many categories exhaust participants. Breaks and pauses can extend the quiz, allowing a breather and scorekeeping. They also build tension. Test the questions to estimate answering time. Make adjustments based on the dry run. Set a time limit for rounds to prevent excessive thinking. The game is about knowing the answer in time, not just being correct.
Will teams or individuals compete? The total number of players will, of course count, determine the choice. Individual quizzes add chaos and suit smaller groups. For teams, consider the number of participants. Teams of 2, 3, or 4 are common but can go up to 6. Opt for around 4 for better contribution and less conflict. A harmonious experience ensures more fun for everyone.
One point for a correct answer is standard but lacks excitement. Spice up your quiz with double points, extra points for complex answers, or negative scoring. Choose a system and record it to avoid score calculation errors and potential disputes. Understand the chosen system and avoid accounting mistakes.
Now we are not insinuating that you would make an unfair or corrupt quiz! What we want you to bear in mind is that the quiz should give everyone a fair chance of winning (or at least doing well). Certain categories will naturally contain more niche questions that few will understand; loading your quiz with questions on science and mathematics may alienate many.
Sticking to topics most people know something about (pop culture) will let everyone feel they can contribute and show off their trivia skills.
If you want to create real competition during the quiz, consider awarding the winner (and perhaps the runners-up) a small prize to recognize their achievement. The prospect of winning something can help your audience become even more engaged while creating a more competitive and energetic atmosphere!
If you’re running a large-scale quiz a great way to gather together some prizes is to ask people if they have anything they would be willing to donate. This way you will be able to hand out a number of prizes and let the winners have their pick of the bunch.
Draws happen. Tennis has tiebreakers; an exciting way to break this deadlock and crown a champion. Why not take some inspiration from tennis and create your very own exhilarating tiebreaker? Feel free to get creative with this part of your quiz and break from the norms. Remember that you want to build the suspense and end with a bang!
Quizzes should be fun! Consider your audience for an enjoyable experience. Serious quizzers will appreciate challenging trivia, while friends prefer questions on their interests. A charismatic and humorous host enhances the experience. Entertain with jokes and a smile. Add anecdotes after each question for context and knowledge sharing. Enrich your quiz!
So what are some of the best categories you can compile to make the ultimate quiz? Well, there are of course plenty and what’s wonderful about quizzes is that you can be as weird and wonderful as you want. But we will stick to some of our favorite examples here - some a bit more creative than the standard, history, geography, food & drink that we all enjoy.
Now that we have given you some tips on how to host a fun quiz and some interesting categories you can include, we better offer some extra advice on what questions you can include. Well, you’re in luck as we happen to have a blog post dedicated to this exact topic. So for over 100 different quiz questions - broken down by category - just follow this link.
Now there are a lot of online quiz tools and quiz software that you can use to create something really fun and impressive. Also, you may want something that offers some inspiration or even guidance when it comes to creating a quiz. Well, you are in luck because the team here at Mentimeter has the solution for you.