TRAINING - 101

Trivia Training 101

 

Equipment Needed

 

HOST TRAINING MANUAL

 

Training Summary

New hosts should have been sent an email with the Quiz Meisters Training Manual as a PDF, employment documents, SFX and instructional videos to watch. Hopefully they have read the manual from front to back. If you are training hosts in a remote area they may not have seen a show before, then you will have to ‘mansplain’ a fair bit. If you are training in an area with shows, they must see a show before training.

You have three hours to get the trainees up to scratch, which means you have to pick and choose the most important skills to cover. This is pretty top heavy. You will run through round one in pretty solid detail and then breeze through round two as many of the principles have been covered.

 

 

Below is a quick rundown of the session.

  1. Downloading the quiz. Putting it on the ipod.

  2. AV set up.

  3. SFX and Music

  4. Arriving at venue/Setting up/getting to know staff/getting players

  5. ROUND ONE – Intro (TRAINEE TO TRY)

  6. How to read out a question.

  7. How to present an AV question.  (TRAINEE TO TRY)

  8. ‘If it’s brown push it down’ (SEE VIDEO)

  9. Roof tops or flats  (TRAINEE TO TRY)

  10. Name these 10 (TRAINEE TO TRY)

  11. Express Round

  12. Reading out answers

  13. Cinema Dyslexia

  14. Marking (Only mark round one. They will get the idea) (TRAINEE TO TRY)

 

 

Training Break – 10 min break (Go to Toi Toi, grab a drink, check phone)



 
  1. Facebook Question

  2. Jillpot preparation

  3. Quiz Meisters reporting app

  4. SMS me

  5. Lotto Games (SEE VIDEOS)

  6. Final Countdown

  7. Presenting the winners (Placing lowest to highest in the pile)

  8. Jillpot

  9. Goodbyes

  10. FAQ. Explaining back ups/emergency quizzes on offer.

  11. FIN (DRINK, EAT CRUMPETS)

Training 101

Downloading the quiz + iPod

Show the host the whole process from opening the weekly quiz email to downloading it* and putting it on the ipod. Show them how to delete old ones on the ipod and in itunes. Also, how to change the settings within keynote to have the quiz notes visible when presenting*.

*Don’t download the whole quiz, just get it started and then stop. Use an existing quiz on your laptop as an example. 

*Explain that a printed copy is best. Read the quiz off the ipod in emergencies or use a tablet.

AV set up

Explain how the ipod works with the cords we have. Eg. How the cord activates the square around the play button. Take them through the AV 101. Always have the main volume down when setting up etc.

SFX and Music

Run them through each prescribed SFX tune. Explain Spotify and playlists. High tempo music at the start, then more mellow music later.

Arriving at venue/Setting Up

FOUR: PRE-SHOW RITUAL 

Recall your experience on what to spend the half an hour before your show starts on. List the order of how you prepare for the night. Eg. Set up AV gear 

ROUND ONE – Intro

FIVE: SIMPLE SHOW INTRO -  TRAINEE TO TRY

Simplify the intro so that they have somewhere to start. Ask them to write 5 W’s down the left hand side of the back of their quiz.



Who – are you? (Host name)

Where – are you? (Venue name)

What – are we doing? (Trivia)

Who –‘s playing? (Team names)

What – ‘s on offer? (Prizes)

Get them to play the intro music and run through the intro. 

How to read out a question.

How to present an AV question

AV QUESTION 101 - IMPORTANT

Use name these ads as an example of the theory behind presenting an AV question. Demonstrate how not to present it. Actually get on the mic yourself and show a poor example. 

Poor Example : Host stops music – Explains name these ads concept presses play on ipod asks for the product instead of the brand – watches the whole two ads worth doesn’t have a new song ready to go when the footage stops. AWFUL! 

Good Example: Host presses play on Name these ads – Fades tunes out – Waits for the first line to be sung. ‘Ooooh baby, you’d make me so glad if you could name this ad’. Quickly explains that we will show two ads and they have to guess the brand advertised. Meanwhile, the host is queuing up a fresh new track. – The host then re-caps the question number.

TRAINEE TO TRY – Get the trainee to mimic exactly what you just showed them. PRESS PLAY ON IPOD – FACE MUSIC – WAIT FOR FIRST LINE – EXPLAIN SEGMET – FIND FRESH TRACK – PLAY MUSIC – RECAP QUESTION NUMBER

‘If it’s brown push it down’

 ‘IF IT’S BROWN, PUSH IT DOWN’
- THE SIMPLICITY AND EASE OF THE IPOD

Explain how you must tap the ipod when our logo appears on the brown background to enable the next slide to appear after an AV segment. This is crucial as it means you don’t have to think about the ipod when playing the next AV segment. You just tap it and it goes straight into it. Show the video to explain this. Say that if the host finds themselves hunched over the ipod wondering how many times to press the screen and in what order the slides are in, then they are over thinking it and doing it wrong.

Roof tops or flats

ROOF TOPS OR FLATS

Run through an example of root tops or flats yourself, using the SFX. Explain the three most important words in the game. ‘If you think’…”if you think, the bat will land…The intro should run for no more than 40 seconds. 

TRAINEE TO TRY – Get them to play the sound effects. Run through this until they have nailed it. 

Rooftops or flats (SFX)

Rooftops or Flats - Underscore

Post Rooftops or Flats

Name these 10

NAME THESE TEN – DON’T GO BACK TO YOUR TABLES

Run this game with the trainee participating. Even if you play this game with teams still sitting at their tables, please teach them to play it the traditional way with two volunteers from each table coming up to the front.

Explain how crucial getting the instruction sequence across is.

  1. We will now play a game for a jug.

  2. The topic for this week is, Doctors from TV shows and movies.

  3. Find a pen and the little name these slip of paper on your tables.

  4. Nominate your two TV experts and get them to bring the pen and paper up the front.

  5. Once up the front, write your team names down.

  6. Play slide show and announce the number on the screen..’That was #1..etc.

  7. Don’t go back to your tables.

  8. Press ‘Swap sheets slide’. Everyone swap your sheets.

  9. Don’t go back to your tables.

  10. Let’s go through the answers. Press play on the slide and read out the answers.

  11. Don’t go back to your tables.

  12. Who got 1 out of 10? Who got 2 out of 10?  Etc.

  13. Any need for a tie break? Run through how to run a Price is Right style tie breaker.

Express Round

Re-iterate that this doesn’t mean you read the question out super fast. It means there are small gaps between the questions. Explain the SFX and demonstrate the tempo.

!!!!!EXPRESS ROUND SIREN!!!!!

Express Round Underscore

Reading out answers

READING OUT THE ANSWERS – 

Reading out the answers can be fun and entertaining. Show them how. Also, none of this…reading out the answers after the host has had a cigarette and a beer/ten-minute break crap (on the actual trivia night that is, not in training). Read the answers out straight away.

Cinema Dyslexia

 DON’T FORGET GOOD OL CINEMA DYSLEXIA

Marking

The Training Manual recommends that hosts get teams to swap sheets and mark their own while the host reads out the answers. Don’t encourage this unless they consistently get over 80 people to their shows. Even then it’s better if they learn to mark quickly. Also, encourage them to mark by just using numbers over each correct answer. Eg. Berlin (1), Munich (2) and by the end of the sheet they should have a running total. This saves time by saving the host from counting up the ticks.

PART 2 - ROUND TWO!

THE FACEBOOK QUESTION

Show them the question on your phone (FB app). Stress that they need to read the actual question out every week, due to the new teams playing.

FB - QMT page

JILLPOT PREP

Start the Jillpot prep at question 17. Explain the concept. Get people dipping into their pockets and ripping their entry tickets. Stress that this needs to start now and not when it’s too late and it makes the night drag on. Get them to love the Jillpot. A Jillpot for $6 is still entertaining. We don’t want to hear the ‘no one in my pub likes the Jillpot’ drivel.

QUIZ MEISTERS REPORTING APP

Copy the link and text it to the trainee/s. Ask them to save it to their home page like and app. Describe the wrath of HQ if it’s not used religiously.

EOS LINK

SMS ME

A few things to point out for this game. Remember to tell the trainee to yell out the wrong answers people are showing on their phones. They must have their back to the screen if possible

LOTTO GAMES (LAST CHANCE GAME)

You can run through one of these if you have time. There are videos explaining each one. Key points to go over, is the differences between the three. Dodge Lotto and Pizza Lotto being pretty much identical. Reiterate that the team who guesses spot on, wins two bonus points and a jug in Dodge and Pizza Lotto. The winners of Duck Derby get a Jug only. If no one picks the winner of Duck Derby, then places are taken into consideration. Encourage the trainee to commentate on all of the action. Also, it is vital that they learn the Duck Names off by Heart. Also, make sure they write down their team names as well as their choice.

FINAL COUNTDOWN

Show how quickly this game is meant to be played after the Mega Express Round. Remember to get them to warn teams NOT TO RUN!

PRESENTING THE WINNERS

Same as round one.

JILLPOT

Actually get one of the trainees to participate in this experience by calling them up and pretending they have been picked out of the hat.  Explain how you can make the questions harder or easier and have a great deal of control as to whether it goes off.

GOODBYES

Thank the bar staff. Have a beer with teams. Ask everyone to come back next week.

FAQ

Conduct a forum. 

FIN!

YA DONE!

Home again, home again, jiggity jog! :D

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