How to be a virtual quiz host master

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll probably have taken part in at least one virtual quiz over video call since the UK went into lockdown. If you’re looking for some new ideas to make your next quiz the best one yet, then follow these easy steps.

Plan ahead

Although most of us have more free time than before, our Friday and Saturday evenings can still be pretty busy! To ensure you get the most attendees possible to your quiz night, make sure you send out the invite nice and early. If you are stuck for when to host it, send out a Doodle to your friends and family to see which date and time works for the majority!

Get creative

At the start of lockdown, a Zoom or Skype call with one person reading out questions might have sufficed, but as time has gone on, it’s time to get creative! Create a simple slideshow to share on your screen. You can really get artistic here – add pictures and videos for different rounds, and you can even use the animated effects to reveal the answers in an exciting way. Put those PowerPoint skills to fun use!

For a unique round, test your friends’ celebrity knowledge by merging two faces on the MixBooth app and asking them to work out who is who. To really get them laughing, try merging two of your guests’ faces and see if they can work out which of their faces have been mixed together!

Be inspired

In the week or two running up to your quiz, make sure you’re keeping an eye on the news for any general knowledge questions! Try to keep them fun though, think of your quiz as a bit of respite from the doom and gloom. If you need a bit more inspiration for your quiz questions, make sure to have a look at Virtual Pub Quiz on Facebook and YouTube – there are quizzes for all ages here, so you are bound to find something that you can use.

Keep it interactive

Remember that the people on the video call will probably want to have a catch up as well as answer the questions. Why not make the call last 20 minutes either side of the quiz, with a ten-minute break in the middle? Ask your guests to shout out their answers when you’re going through them, and maybe even have a prize for the winner – an IOU will be fine whilst we are still distancing.

Have fun

The most important thing when planning your virtual quiz, is to make sure that you have fun! As life is strange and tense for everyone at the moment, treating your mind to a bit of socialising and trivia could be just what you need.

There’ll probably be some kind of technical glitch, someone might be late and it’s almost guaranteed that someone will be interrupted by the kids, the dog, or both! But it is key to remember quizzing is a bit of fun, something to look forward to after a long week working from home and supposed to be the opposite of stressful.

Take care, good luck, and we can’t wait to see you soon.

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