SQ Host Interview: Darren Goulden

This week we head over to Manchester and one of the many hosts there, Darren Goulden sits in the interview chair.

Name? (and company you operate for if you do)

Darren “The Dazzler” Goulden from Unit One Entertainments Ltd

Where do you live?

Cadishead on the sunny outskirts of Manchester

Which venues do you host quizzes at?

Sunday Rose of Lancaster in Chadderton, Monday Railway and Naturalist Prestwich, Tuesday The Foresters Prestwich, Wednesday The Boathouse in Chester and Thursday The Moss Trooper in Timperley Cheshire

How long have you been hosting quizzes?

27 years

How long have you been using the SpeedQuizzing software?

About 2 and  1/2  years

Favourite Quiz team name?

Tequila Mockingbird or Real Ale Madrid

Which of your venues is the most popular?

The Boathouse, Chester

Which of your venues is the rowdiest / best atmosphere?

The Boathouse or The Moss Trooper are really well attended

If you could host a quiz anywhere where would it be?

Old Trafford for Manchester United, they have a crappy paper quiz for the players and manager etc also I’ve been told McClaren hosts a quiz for all the drivers and teams.

What’s your favourite thing about SpeedQuizzing?

The pace at which its played and the atmosphere it creates.

Do you use any unique rounds / ideas / features of your own or do you just stick to the SpeedQuizzing format?

I write my own rounds, recently Super Heroes and a full Football quiz for Prostate Cancer.  Always do 5 nearest the pin at the end for 40 points so anyone can still win within 200 points of the lead.

Any tips for people wanting to host quizzes?

Its all about the presenter, be all inclusive, make it funny not to serious, your in the entertaining business not on mastermind.

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