Training tips on how to effectively set up a classroom for your game show.

Setting up the Room: The Theatrics of a Game Show

There are a lot of elements in a game show setup. When using software, you may have a computer, a projector, ring-in devices, other notes…not to mention your trainees. You have to make sure that the game can be played smoothly, playing contestants can participate with ease, and all audience members are in position to see the game show. Here are our top 5 tips for setting up your game show:
1. Make Sure Everyone has a Clear Line of Sight. One of the most important parts (if not THE most important part) of a training game show is conveying the information within the game. When setting up a room for a game, make sure that everyone will be able to see (and read) questions, answers, and media materials. Make sure pathways are clear of chairs if contestants are getting up to answer questions, and watch out for support beams, center islands, tables and podiums in the line of sight. If you're dealing with a large room and a large group, you may want to consider using a projector system with game show software. You'll also want to make sure that everyone can hear both the questions (as you read them) and the answers (as contestants give them). In a particularly large room, you may want to consider using a microphone for each playing team, and a microphone for the host.

2. Give Individual Participants a Separate Space. If only part of your audience is participating in a game show, separate the "players" from the rest of the audience. Having their own separate space will allow team members to be heard, and will also allow you to see who is ringing in (and ringing in first) to answer questions. Highlighting the playing members in a game show also gives a more authentic game show feel, and provides an entertaining experience for the audience. Something as simple as setting up two opposing tables in the front of the room where contestants can both see the screen and turn to face the audience is effective.

3. Have Access to your Game Show. You'll want to be in a position to access your game show technology-be it in the front of the room, or to the side. Some hosts choose to have a "helper" who walks through the game show logistically, leaving the host to walk around the room, interact with participants, and train apart from the computer or game board. Some trainers have found wireless keyboards and computer mice to be invaluable so they can walk around and control the game show at the same time.

4. Give Teams Opportunities to Collaborate. If the whole audience is playing along, set your teams up in rounds (round tables), or in a manner where they can easily turn to speak with each other. Providing opportunities for teams to discuss content and formulate answers allows for a more collaborative game show, and involves everyone-whether they're answering for their team or not.

5. Scale Your Game Show to the Size of the Room and Audience. If you're in a large room or auditorium, you'll want to take different things into consideration than if you're in a smaller room with a smaller audience. For instance, in a big room, think about encouraging the audience to seat themselves towards the front of the room. Also take into account provisions for amplifying game show sounds and enlarging the screen size. For a smaller room and a smaller group, you can play a software-based game show directly off of a laptop or a small projector, and the sound provided by the computer speakers will be adequate.

Bonus Tip: Test the Experience Beforehand. The only way to know how your game show will play out is to do a trial run. When running through the game show, try to have at least one practice session in the room you'll be using. This allows you to pre-arrange the tables and chairs (if mobile), judge and account for any seating challenges, and take care of any technology issues that may arise when running the game show.