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11 Interactive Presentation Games to Score Full Engagement (Anywhere!)

11 Interactive Presentation Games to Score Full Engagement (Anywhere!)

Lawrence Haywood 22 Nov 2021 8 min read

Audience attention is a slippery snake. It’s not easy to grasp, and even less easy to hold, yet you need it to have a successful presentation.

No to Death by PowerPoint, no to drawling monologues; it’s time to bring out the presentation games!

These 11 interactive presentation games below will score you mega plus points with colleagues, students, or wherever else you need a kick of super engaging interactivity…

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#1: Live Quiz

A live quiz in a presentation on AhaSlides.

Is there any event that hasn’t been immediately improved with a bit of trivia?

A live quiz is an evergreen, ever-engaging way to consolidate your presentation’s info and check the understanding of it all amongst your audience. Expect big laughs as your audience competes fiercely over who was listening to your presentation the hardest.

How to make it…

  1. Set up your questions on free quizzing software.
  2. Present your quiz to your players, who join by typing your unique code into their phones.
  3. Take your players through each question and they race to get the correct answer the fastest.
  4. Check the final leaderboard to reveal the winner!

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#2: What Would You Do?

A Brainstorm slide asking what people would do in a specific scenario.

Put your audience in your shoes. Give them a scenario that relates to your presentation and see how they would choose to deal with it.

Let’s say you’re a teacher and you’re giving a presentation on dinosaurs. After presenting your info, you would ask something like…

A stegosaurus is chasing you, ready to snap you up for dinner. How do you escape?

After each person submits their answer, you can take a vote to see which is the crowd’s favourite response to the scenario.

This is one of the best presentation games for students as it gets young minds whirring in a creative sense. But it also works great in a work setting and can have a similar freeing effect, which is especially great as a meeting ice breaker.

How to make it…

  1. Create a brainstorm slide and write your scenario at the top.
  2. Participants join your presentation on their phones and type their responses to your scenario.
  3. After that, each participant votes for their favourite (or top 3 favourite) answers.
  4. The participant with the most votes is revealed as the winner!

#3: Key Number

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No matter the topic of your presentation, there’s sure to be a lot of numbers and figures flying around.

As an audience member, keeping track of them isn’t always easy, but one of the interactive presentation games that makes it easier is Key Number.

Here, you offer a simple prompt of a number and the audience responds with what they think it refers to. For example, if you write ‘$25′, your audience might respond with ‘our cost per acquisition’, ‘our daily budget for TikTok advertising’ or ‘the amount John spends on jelly tots every day’.

How to make it…

  1. Create a few multiple choice slides (or open-ended slides to make it harder).
  2. Write your key number at the top of each slide.
  3. Write the answer options.
  4. Participants join your presentation on their phones.
  5. Participants select the answer they think the key number relates to (or types in their answer if open-ended).

#4: Guess the Order

Guess the correct order, one of many presentation games to run on AhaSlides

If keeping track of numbers and figures is tough, it can be even tougher to follow entire processes or workflows explained in a presentation.

To cement this information in the mind of your audience, Guess the Order is a fantastic game for presentations.

You simply write the steps of a process, jumble them up, then see who can put them in the right order the fastest.

How to make it…

  1. Create a ‘Correct Order’ slide and write your statements.
  2. Statements are automatically jumbled up.
  3. Players join your presentation on their phones.
  4. Players race to put the statements in the correct order.

#5: 2 Truths, 1 Lie

A slide after players have voted on which of 3 stories is the lie.

You might have heard of this one as a great ice breaker, but it’s also one of the top presentation games for checking who’s paying attention.

And it’s pretty simple to do. Just think of two statements using information in your presentation, and make another one up. Players have to guess which is the one you’ve made up.

This one is a great re-capping game and works for both students and colleagues alike.

How to make it…

  1. Create a list of 2 truths and 1 lie covering different topics in your presentation.
  2. Read out 2 truths and 1 lie and get participants to guess the lie.
  3. Participants vote for the lie either by hand or through a multiple choice slide in your presentation.

#6: 4 Corners

4 corners: one of the presentation games that helps get audience attention.
Image credit: The Game Gal

The best presentations are ones that spark a bit of creative thinking and discussion. There’s no better presentation game for evoking this than 4 Corners.

The concept is simple. Just present a statement based on something from your presentation that’s open to different points of view. Depending on each player’s opinion, they move to a corner of the room labelled ‘strongly agree’, ‘agree’, ‘disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’.

Maybe something like this:

An individual is shaped more by nature than nurture.

Once everyone is in their corners, you could have a structured debate between the four sides to bring different opinions to the table.

How to make it…

  1. Set up the ‘strongly agree’, ‘agree’, ‘disagree’ and ‘strongly disagree’ corners of your room (if running a virtual presentation, then a simple show of hands could work).
  2. Write some statements which are open to different opinions.
  3. Read out the statement.
  4. Each player stands in the appropriate corner of the room depending on their view.
  5. Have a discussion between the 4 different viewpoints.

#7: Obscure Word Cloud

word cloud slide as part of presentation games on AhaSlides.

Live word clouds are always a beautiful addition to any interactive presentation. If you want our advice; include them whenever you can – presentation games or not.

If you do plan to use one for a game in your presentation, a great one to try is Obscure Word Cloud.

It works pretty much on the same concept as popular UK game show Pointless. Your players are given a statement and have to name the most obscure answer they can. The least mentioned correct answer is the winner!

Take this example statement:

Name one of our top 10 countries for customer satisfaction.

The most popular answers may be India, USA and Brazil, but the points go to the least mentioned correct country.

How to make it…

  1. Create a word cloud slide with your statement at the top.
  2. Players join your presentation on their phones.
  3. Players submit the most obscure answer they can think of.
  4. The most obscure one appears smallest on the board. Whoever submitted that answer is the winner!

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#8: Heart, Gun, Bomb

This one’s a great game to use in the classroom, but if you’re not looking for presentation games for students, it also works wonders in a casual work setting.

Heart, Gun, Bomb is a game in which teams take turns to answer questions presented in a grid. If they get an answer right, they either get a heart, gun or a bomb…

  • A ❤️ grants the team an extra life.
  • A 🔫 takes away one life from any other team.
  • A 💣 takes away one heart from the team who got it.

All teams start with 5 hearts. The team with the most hearts at the end, or the only surviving team, is the winner!

How to make it…

  1. Before starting, create a grid table for yourself with either a heart, gun or bomb occupying each grid (on a 5×5 grid, this should be 12 hearts, 9 guns and 4 bombs).
  2. Present another grid table to your players (5×5 for 2 teams, 6×6 for 3 teams, etc.)
  3. Write a figure stat (lke 25%) from your presentation into each grid.
  4. Split players into the desired number of teams.
  5. Team 1 chooses a grid and says the meaning behind the number in it (for example, the number of customers last quarter).
  6. If they’re wrong, they lose a heart. If they’re right, they get either a heart, gun or bomb, depending on what the grid corresponds to on your own grid table.
  7. Repeat this with all the teams until there’s a winner!

#9: Match Up

Here’s another quiz-type question that can be a great addition to your roster of presentation games.

It involves a set of prompt statements and a set of answers. Each set is jumbled; the players’ job is to match the statement with the correct answer as quickly as possible.

Again, this one works really well when the answers are numbers and figures.

How to make it…

  1. Create a ‘Match Pairs’ question.
  2. Fill out the set of prompts and answers, which will automatically shuffle.
  3. Players join your presentation on their phones.
  4. Players match each prompt with its answer as fast as possible to score the most points.

#10: Spin the Wheel

If there’s a more versatile presentation game tool than the humble spinner wheel, we aren’t aware of it.

Adding the random factor of a spinner wheel might be just what you need to keep engagement in your presentation high. There are presentation games you can use with this, including….

  • Choosing a random participant to answer a question.
  • Choosing a bonus prize after getting an answer correct.
  • Choosing the next person to ask a Q&A question or give a presentation.

How to make it…

  1. Create a spinner wheel slide and write the title at the top.
  2. Write the entries for the spinner wheel.
  3. Spin the wheel and see where it lands!

Tip 💡 You can choose the AhaSlides spinner wheel to use your participants’ names, so you don’t have to manually fill in the entries!

#11: Q&A Balloons

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This one’s a great way to turn a normal end-of-presentation feature into a fun, engaging game.

It’s got all the hallmarks of a normal Q&A, but this time, all the questions are written on balloons.

It’s a super simple one to set up and play, but you’ll see how motivated participants are to ask questions when it involves balloons!

How to make it…

  1. Hand out a deflated balloon and a sharpie to each participant.
  2. Each participant blows up the balloon and writes their question on it.
  3. Each participant bats their balloon to where the speaker is standing.
  4. The speaker answers the question then pops or throws away the balloon.

Presentation Games for PowerPoint – Yes or No?

Being by far the most popular presentation tool on the planet, you may want to know if there are any presentation games to play on PowerPoint.

Unfortunately, the answer is no. PowerPoint takes presentations incredibly seriously and doesn’t have a lot of time for interactivity or fun of any kind.

But there’s good news…

It is actually possible to directly embed presentation games into PowerPoint presentations with a bit of free help from AhaSlides.

You can simply import your PowerPoint presentation to AhaSlides with the click of a button, then place interactive presentation games like the ones above directly between the slides of your presentation.

💡 PowerPoint presentation games in less than 5 minutes? Check the video below or our quick tutorial here to find out how!

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