Looking for an innovative, fun idea to
spruce up your next training or corporate event? The Buzz Bowl is a parody of
Jeopardy® with up to 4 teams of up to 6 members each, each with their own electrical
buzzer. It's a highly effective training technique that boosts retention, teamwork, and contributes to a positive and fun working
environment. I have been doing this for 15 years in settings as diverse as the
U.S. Army to corporate America, and it has always been a hit!
Jeopardy® with up to 4 teams of up to 6 members each.
participant is given a terminal with a button.
answer a question, they press the button, which activates their team light bulb and buzzer.
of the information that is considered core competencies, or critical to the
effective operation of the department or work unit, doesn’t change and can
become viewed as mundane by employees. Yet, it is so important, mandatory trainings must be repeated over and over again to certify material was
making it fun, interesting, engaging and humorous, it’s much more
memorable and the material sinks in much deeper.
think more about a piece of material if you put it in question form and ask
them to answer it. Any questions and the accompanying answers that come up
during a competition are remembered long after the day (and people are
the staff is formed into teams based on pre-existing work units, a sense of camaraderie among work units or teams is developed.
want to appear knowledgeable and competent in front of their peers. Adding
in a bit of positive peer pressure once in while doesn’t hurt!
awarding a moderate prize to the winning team, you tap into people’s
we coordinate the competition:
moderate the Buzz Bowl game; provide my expertise in running the game; and
provide/transport all of the equipment to include buzzers, master game
board (wood/plastic or PowerPoint), and time keeping equipment.
decide on the make-up of the teams. I have been involved with many different
variations of team make-ups. Interdepartmental (Team A versus Team B);
interoffice; (sales/marketing versus support/service);
inter-company/inter-region (New York customer service dept. versus Los
Angeles customer service dept.)
fun way for team make up is to have lopsided team sizes. Examples- the 5 new
folks just out of training versus the 15 veterans; one individual versus
many- CEO or manger versus staff of up to 23; 4 people against each other as
individuals; or one on one in front of a large audience!
decide on the make-up of the officials/judges. The judges would consist of
the moderator, timekeeper, scorekeeper, and two floor judges.
decide on and provide the prize to the winning team.
decide how many questions specific to your organization you want to use, or
if you want me to use 100% my ready to-go generic questions. If needed, I can help with the wording and writing
of the questions, but you know your company and industry and would have to
at least provide some of the information. In any case, I need to see and review the
questions before the tournament.
questions I have are the fun element of the game. Examples of categories are
"The 1970s," and "Name That Tune."
to develop questions- things to ask yourself:
are the things that your employees must know? The core competencies?
are the common errors that you find are continually repeated?
is the important information that is critical to the functioning of your
unit, but it is somewhat dry, and whenever there are trainings on it, you
hear audible sighs?
place that information into the form of a question. The opposite of
jeopardy, form the question in the form of a question, not a statement.
Short answer works best, multiple choice questions are less desirable. Place
the questions into different categories.
the game works:
26 or 51 Buzz Bowl questions per game; one end of game question where point
values are wagered.
be made into a tournament, with multiple games and teams with sudden death
category is designated as a fun pressure reliever category as mentioned
competition will begin with a coin toss, with the winning team selecting the
first category and point value from the master game board. The moderator
will ask the corresponding question as a toss up for both teams. The team
that activates the buzzer first shall be recognized by the moderator. The
buzzers have a lock out system, preventing other teams from activating the
system until allowed by the moderator.
If the question is answered
incorrectly, the point value will be deducted from that team's score and the
moderator will then direct the question to the other teams. If one of the
other teams also answers incorrectly, the same point value will be deducted
from it's score. However, the other teams may refrain from answering the question without any penalty involved. The competition continues with the
team that answered the last correct question selecting the next category and
rules upon request.
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