Survey Says! 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.  While I love using flipchart, it’s not practical for this presentation which will take place in a larger breakout room.  PowerPoint is the best tool to allow everyone to see the visual aid.

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 this site.  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.

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 this type of PowerPoint presentation 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?

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Learner #1: PowerPoint!

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

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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.

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