The duty of the Quizmaster is to round out the evaluation portion of the meeting in an upbeat way, testing the audience’s listening skills. It is a question-and-answer period, highlighting interesting information learned throughout the meeting. You lead by exemplifying your own active listening.
During the Meeting
As the meeting progresses, jot down simple questions based on what was said or done during the speeches and Table Topics. Aim for five or six questions.
When called on by the General Evaluator, you have three minutes to give your report. Stand at your chair, and if your role has not already been explained take 15 seconds to provide a quick overview.
Begin by asking your first question. Allow for 5-to-10 seconds for answers. Expect rapid answers to be called out from the audience. If no response is given to a question, provide the answer and move onto the next question.
When your time is up, thank the audience for their participation and pass control back to the General Evaluator before being seated.
- The questions should be based purely on good listening skills and the audience’s ability to pay attention. The questions should not be trivial, but neither is it about testing the audience’s skills at details.
- It is good to ask questions on important points that were learned during the evening. For example, "According to Carl's educational session, what is the most important job of an evaluator?" Or “What was Deborah’s favorite song?”
- Use your imagination to make the assignment both entertaining and a method of learning. Smile and have fun!
- If the meeting is running over-time, keep your report short by asking fewer questions.