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Keeping a Learning Game Show Fresh

One of the most frequent questions we get from trainers is, "Sure, a game show is fun the first time…but what about the next time, and the time after that?"

There is an art to elevating a game show from a novelty to a true training tool. Even trickier is taking that training tool and keeping it fresh every single time you use it. Here are the top 5 ways to keep your game show fresh and engaging for your trainees:

1. Change the Game Format. A huge number of trainers we speak with use the same game show format every time they train. If you typically use a Categories game show, try an AllPlay game show. Usually use AllPlay? Try a Classroom Feud game. If you're already a Gameshow Pro user, you have 3 different game show formats to choose from—and multiple ways to play those games.

However, there are an infinite number of game show styles, types and formats to choose from. Even modifying an existing game with different rules or variations can recharge a game show. Add team captains, switch up teams, etc.

2. Add Physical Challenges. Get trainers up and moving about by adding physical challenges to a question-and-answer-only game show. Have contestants act out their answers to a question, demonstrate an action or practice. Physical challenges unrelated to the content can also be used to break the ice in a game show and add variety. For instance, you may want to make a "bonus" question where a trainee has to sing a little song piece, or do a beat-the-clock style challenge.

3. Raise the Stakes. Increase the value of a game show so that each subsequent game or question is worth more points. Also increase the difficultly level of questions (this may or may not correlate with giving contestants more time to answer questions). For additional variety, add bonus questions, wager questions, raffle rounds, and extra credit opportunities.

4. Keep Games Short. There is such a thing as too much of a good game show. A game show that is engaging at 15-30 minutes can drag over a 90 minute block. This, in part, depends on the type of game show production and the number of people in an audience, but typically a shorter game show will effectively review information and accomplish the training objective without wearing out its welcome. If you have a large amount of content, try breaking a long game show into several shorter game shows where the points add up throughout the day. Not only will the game show feel fresh, but it will serve as a pick-me-up when trainees most need it.

5. Vary the Content. Build several more questions than you need for a game show, then switch them out for each game. This is most applicable to games played with different classes-but the same content. If you're using Gameshow Pro, you can build an unlimited number of questions around a topic, label them by topic, then sort them when it comes time to build a game and drag-and-drop random questions into the game show. Also be flexible. If you find that there tends to be more confusion around a particular subject than others, emphasize that content in the game show.

Bonus Tip: Every Game is Different. As tempting as it is to guess that a training class may tire of game shows when playing the same game show over and over, this isn't always the case. Every game show will have a different outcome. There are different questions, of course, and trainees may bring up different points of interest, react in different ways to questions, etc. A different team will win, different issues will crop up, and it will be a different game show experience. So don't stop using Jeopardy-style games simply because it's been done in your training session before. Sometimes a particular game can even become an anticipated event class-over-class and year-over-year. Chances are that students are still enjoying the refreshing change of pace and competitive energy of a game show.

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