Creating Training Games Like Family Feud with PowerPoint

Recently I was trying to figure out how to play a quick anchor activity with a large-ish group for a presentation I’ll be giving next month.  With five key points, I decided a quick round of a Family Feud-like game could be fun.  Creating Family Feud with PowerPoint was the tool that would allow everyone to see the visual aid. While I love using a flip chart, it’s not practical for this presentation which will take place in a larger breakout room.

Creating Family Feud with PowerPoint

Initially, I was concerned that I would need to create a series of hyperlinks and branching elements if it was possible at all.  As I poked around the search results in Google for “how to create Family Feud using PowerPoint”, I came across a site with a Family Feud Template Guide.  The instructions are pretty easy.  PowerPoint has some pretty fancy features that offer the potential for high engagement and lots of interaction.  While it’s true that it took more time to put together this slide than it would have if I had simply created a bullet-pointed list, I have a feeling my learners will appreciate this approach much more.  And quite frankly, the reason we give presentations is to be in service to the learners.

How Family Feud with PowerPoint Plays Out

While screenshots don’t do justice to the way this can be used in front of a live audience, if you’ve ever seen Richard Dawson call out “SURVEY SAYS!” as two families engaged in a feud whose intensity rivaled that of the Capulets and Montagues, then you can probably imagine the potential that creating Family Feud with PowerPoint offers in a training session.

Me: 100 trainers were asked to share their favorite training tool.  The top 5 answers are on the board.  What do you think is the top answer?

Family Feud with PowerPoint board

Learner #1: PowerPoint!

Me: PowerPoint, huh?  Have you ever read my blog?  Well, let’s see if it’s up there… SURVEY SAYS!

Family Feud with PowerPoint board answer revealed

It’s a fun way to use PowerPoint in icebreakers, anchor activities and review games.  The possibilities are limited only by your instructional design imagination.

What are you doing with training games in your sessions? Have you used Family Feud with PowerPoint?

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