Get Your Game Face On: Play Family Feud on a Microsoft Teams Call.

Microsoft Teams does many things – including serving as a platform for group-based games 

(Note: This is the first in a series of posts we’ll be producing that focus on the fun and games possible with Teams.) 

Most long-running games shows have signature catch phrases that instantly identify them. The Price is Right has “Come on down!”; Jeopardy! has “Let’s make it a true daily double”; Wheel of Fortune has “I’d like to buy a vowel”; even Press Your Luck had “No Whammies!”. One game show, though, is most famous for its sound effects. In particular, the sound of a red X indicating the survey did NOT say what the contestant thought it did. Of course, we are referring to Family Feud.  

Image of Family Feud gameshow circa 1981
The classic TV game show, Family Feud.

Family Feud is a very long-lived, slightly off-color duel between families vying to match their answers to the oft-cited survey. It’s also a fantastic game to play with your team on Teams. More organizations are doing regular Teams happy hours at week’s end. Adding a game show to the mix can be just right for reducing employee stress, boosting morale and fostering fellowship while we’re separated.  

How to Play Family Feud on Microsoft Teams 

Playing a Microsoft Teams version of Family Feud can be a simple affair or, if you’re willing to invest a bit more time in preparation, a pretty good facsimile of the real deal. This website offers three free PowerPoint templates you can download. These can be customized with questions of your choosing. One of the templates ever comes complete with the classic theme song and sound effects from the game. 

In fact, we decided to make available for download a version already loaded with 11 rounds of questions and survey “answers” so you can get started right away. Click HERE to download now. It’s a .PPT file and instructions are built right into the deck.  

Kiefer team members playing online games to stay connected.
Kiefer’s own, Andy Coyle, hosted a game of Family Feud with the Kiefer team. Our team members has played online games to stay connected.

Here’s how we played Family Feud during a recent Kiefer Consulting Teams happy hour. First, solicit a volunteer to serve as host. If you have someone who is particularly gregarious and/or is a trivia buff like Cliff Clavin, they’ll make ideal hosts. Give your host a bit of time to create the “survey” questions and load them into a PowerPoint. The host can run the game by sharing the PowerPoint screen in Teams.  

Next, divide your team into two “families”. Each family will have one person designated as team captain. Just like on the show, each round begins with a member of each family going head-to-head to be the first to guess the most common answer to that round’s question. In Teams, since there’s no buzzer app (yet), just go with the first person to shout out an answer. If the person guesses the number one answer on the board, he or she can decide to play or pass to the other family. If the first person to guess does not get the number one answer, the other player has a chance to guess.  

Once you have a winner of the head-to-head segment, the host asks the same question to each member of the winning “family”. If the family manages to guess all the correct answers before getting three wrong answers, they win the round. If not, the question is passed to the other family. The other family all suggest answers to the captain, who must make the final determination as to what their families’ answer will be. If they guess a correct answer, that family wins the round.  

You can carry on like this for as many rounds as you’d like. At Kiefer we did three rounds but weren’t so ambitious as to attempt to conduct the show’s bonus round. But feel free to give it a try.  

This may seem like a silly use of your Teams, your teams and your time. But give it some thought. It’s fun, promotes fellowship, and during a time when most days seem to blend together, it will give your employees something to look forward to. Survey says…try it!  

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