What makes a good trivia host? Well, that can be a bit of a subjective answer as personal tastes come in to play a bit. Now obviously, a good host is one that knows the game material, is prepared with correct pronunciations and explanations for the questions and answers, is able to enunciate clearly, and has a passion for hosting and trivia. But the thing that turns a good host into a great host is adding that touch of personality, that little bit of flair.
A great trivia or music bingo host understands how to inject his or her personality into the show to keep the crowd entertained! Sure, the Fat City Entertainment trivia store can provide hosts with all the tools and resources needed to put on a quality show, but what we can’t provide is that little something that makes the show unique. As a great host, you have to learn how to put your own twist on the material and bring the “you” factor that will create loyal players.
For example, we have an awesome monthly game show style trivia show at Bold Missy Brewery in Charlotte that is hosted by a local celebrity and drag queen Lana Cane! It is the perfect bit of flair for the Bold Missy regulars, and Lana really brings her personality to put on a quality show. Now, that doesn’t mean that you should do all your shows in drag (unless you are already an amazing drag queen, then by all means you do you!) It just means, that you gotta find your niche or your hosting personality.
Do something easy like giving yourself a stage name or wearing a signature outfit. You can easily be known as the host that wears the purple pants or that rocks a funky hat.
You could bring a bag of candies to toss out to your crowd when they get a question correctly! Celebrate their victory with a peppermint or make them feel a little better about being incorrect by tossing them a piece of chocolate. Easy bit of added flair.
Are you an amazing baker? Then be the host that bakes a tray of muffins for the winner! Can you sing like an opera diva? Serenade your trivia crowd with an aria! Be the only singing trivia host in town. Are you amazing with accents? Let your trivia players suggest an accent, then do the whole show as a southern belle or a Scottish highlander! Are you wicked funny? Inject a little stand-up routine in between your rounds.
It doesn’t really matter what your thing is. You can use whatever makes you unique to your advantage, and change your hosting gig from good to great! You will find that you build your crowd of regulars that much faster when you go from just reading the questions to actually hosting the show.