Bar Trivia: How to Get Good Part 2

Welcome Back! This time we're going to look at some team dynamics and get a little more in depth with out subject material. So if you want to get better you should read these minor tips, and go ahead and read part 1 if you haven't.

#4 Have a well balanced and manageable team

Now, bar trivia is at least as much a social activity as it is a cerebral one and many people just use it as an excuse to hang out, which is just fine. But if you want to have a better chance of winning you may desire to fine tune your team for that purpose.

I find that the optimal number of people on a team is no more than 4 or 5. Beyond that people are far more likely to get distracted by one another and engage in extraneous conversations and the size of the table will begin to interfere with communication between the answer writer, the record keeper, and everyone else. If you are playing with a lot of people a circular table is highly recommended for this reason.

Also keep in mind you team's strengths and weaknesses and adjust accordingly. If you're missing a person who really knows anything much about sports, but maybe are acquainted with someone at work, etc. who does then invite him to come along.

Again, these are just things to think about for score maximization. I will gladly grant that friendship is a lot more important than trivia games ;).

#5 Shore up Your Weaknesses and Learn the Major Categories

So if you've followed all the steps up to this point you're now an expert on current events in the real world and Hollywood (yes, I do consider them to be distinct places) and have a finely tuned team. The next thing to do is to identify what you don't know and fix it. Naturally, you're going to want to focus on things that come up regularly. So if there's a question about something very random or obscure that you didn't know it's probably not worth your time but if they ask something like "Which President Led the United States into WWI?" and no one at your team knows it's a good idea to brush up on your American History, I recommend just going to Wikipedia to get at least an overview of any subject you could imagine. Starting with lists is a good idea. If you want to start getting a grounding in baseball, for example, the World Series and Perfect Game lists are an excellent place to start. In short, if you want to get better figure out what you don't know and instead of lamenting lack of knowledge on a subject take action to learn

#6 Learn about things that have been asked about recently

This doesn't work for all locations or all forms of trivia, but the company that produces it where I play frequently asks a question about a very small subject (an old TV show, a specific music artist, etc.) and then will ask at least one more question about it later in the week. This is actually sloppy writing so hopefully your company doesn't do this, but if they do take full advantage of it! If it's a subject you know little about just check out the Wikipedia article and you'll probably get the next thing they ask. Even if they don't you'll have added some random and probably useless knowledge that will likely come in handy eventually.

That's all for now. There may or may not be a part 3 but if you take some initiative and enact these tips and tricks I guarantee a better trivia score and better chance of winning. See you at the pub!

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