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I'm going to be one soon.
What's it like? Any pro tips?
make sure you have questions and buzzer noises prepared
I've got him on the phone if you want some tips?
And don't be one of those annoying quizmasters who give people the point for being nearly right, if anyone there has got it properly right.
and you only get the questions when you get ot the pub, so will prob just check on my phone.
You're hardly a quizmaster if you don't come up with the questions!
I'd say the most important thing you need to worry about is pacing. Teams need a chance to discuss answers, but don't give them too much time as nothing worse than waiting ages for the next question.
Make sure you spell out all the rules at the start and stick by them.
Collate the scores after each round. Nothing worse than doing a whole quiz without knowing how good/bad you're doing.
It was boring and quiz teams are such pissy little bastards. It got more interesting the more (free) booze I necked though.
Just remain steadfast and keep going. I had a whole team up and leave declaring it *too hard* (it really really wasn't)
e.g. Russia fought an allied force of Britain, France, the Ottoman Empire and Sardinia in the Crimean War between 1853 and 1857 and were eventually defeated following a series of devastating naval and army losses in which more than 500,000 men died on both sides, but which DJ once played bass in The Housemartins?
Some of the points have been said earlier, but:
1) Know the answers. If you haven't written them yourself, check beforehand. If you have written them, make sure they aren't ambiguous.
2) Speak clearly, worst quizzes are where the microphone is shit or the person mumbles or rushes.
3)Pacing - are you doing it for a pub? What time do you start, I guess they want people to stay in the pub for longer so, don't rush through in 45mins. If there are a lot of teams 15+ go a bit quicker, as you will need more time for marking. Less than 10 leave more gaps, butmake sure there aren't minutes of silence between questions. Give them plenty of time at the interval to get drinks etc
5) Marking. Are you going to ask teams to mark each other Or collect them in and do it yourself?If it's a busy one and you are doing the marking, might be worth getting a mate to come along and help with the marking.
6) Are you writing the quiz? Don't make it so hard that some teams won't get any questions - I used to try and make sure that most teams would get at least 7 in each round - otherwise it's not fun for them, and they won't come back.
7) Have you got enough pens?
8) Make sure someone at the bar knows how to turn off/down the jukebox or the TV it's tough trying to compete.
9) When doing the answers, the Chris Tarrent thing of 'Question...Japan.....is the wrong answer!!' is fun and can get the audience goign, but don't do it for every question.
10) Have fun, if you don't sound like you are enjoying the audience won't either.
I didn't put a point unmber four!
...if you're allowing a joker round, make sure that each round has the same number of questions.
I got stitched up by this once when preparing a music round for a quiz my girlfriend was organising. She told me to do ten, so I did, but I did so without knowing there was to be a joker round and all the other rounds had 15 questions in them.
It caused all sorts of chaos.
Also - make sure that you read the questions loudly and clearly. If you need an amp and a mic, make sure you prepare for this significantly in advance.
And if you want to ensure a smooth ride - under no circumstances include trick questions (like `How many wives did Henry XIII have?` etc. etc.)
where the quizmaster asked something about an Asian community or language, like I dunno, which country has the most native speakers of Hindi or something like that and went 'and it's not Levenshulme!' followed by a disapproving silence
He acknowledged that he didn't know many of the answers. However, the first mistake he made every week would garner shouts of 'bottle of wine'. The first team to spot a mistake and shout out would get a bottle of wine.
Picture rounds + google image search have a lot to answer for when it comes to quizmasters having the wrong...answers.
Read up on the subject if they look tricky or at least know how to pronounce foreign names / words. Nothing worse than a quizmaster stumbing through the questions taking ages to pronounce stuff. Apart from that just be chirpy and fun and tell jokes, serious slow quizmasters can make the whole thing seem like a chore.
Also, be prepared for 'professional' quiz teams and ridiculous pedants who will go apeshit if you mention anything that isn't a Mastermind level question, make sure the questions can't be misinterpreted and read them sloooowly.
Used to compere the quiz in a studenty/indie pub in Northampton and it was the most fun I had there, mocking and heckling the locals and students to the point where an angry mob would be waiting outside after the place closed...
Don't take any shit. One of the quizzers was being really flirty and kept asking me to repeat questions cause he liked my accent. It totally threw me.
but I'll give being less dashing and handsome my best shot.
probably being simple, but not sure i'd have imagined you with an accent.
that's just someone liking you.
I went to one once where there was a 'Cat or Dog' round.
20 questions, all the same: "cat or dog?"