Test your staff’s knowledge of our industry with this staff-training board game that can easily be played in a lunch hour.
by Patricia L. Berman
ALTA® members and non-members across the country are having fun at work using “Title Triumph® The Game of Land Title Knowledge” as a staff training tool. More than 350 board games have been purchased by abstracters, title agents, underwriters, vendors, and affiliated land title associations since it was introduced last fall at the ALTA® Annual Convention. The game is being used in various formats—staff training sessions during regular working hours or lunch hour, staff meetings when a few questions are posed to the group, at underwriter training seminars, at state land title association convention tournaments, and even at holiday staff parties. Although the game can be played one-on-one, it was designed for team play (2 to 4 players on a team) to encourage team building and group dynamics. A recent online satisfaction survey indicates 96.4% of Title Triumph® buyers agreed that they received value for their money in purchasing the game. The survey also indicated that the majority of the game sessions were played as teams rather than individuals. Sixty-three percent of respondents indicated they awarded prizes to the game winners, such as gift certificates, coupons for a free lunch or dinner (up to a certain amount), movie, concert, or sporting event tickets, cash, desk accessories, or a Title Triumph® medallion.
How Your Peers are Playing
Sue Hoskins at Reliant Title Insurance Agency, Virginia Beach, VA, reported that their team captains retained their Title Triumph® medal for a week and displayed it in their work space until the next week’s competition. Then the medal is passed on to the new winner.
Len Karmel, Advance Abstract Corp., Great Neck, NY, presented the winning team members with certificates entitling the bearer to one day off from work (to be pre-arranged with management); second-place winners received a half day off (to be pre-arranged with management), and third-place winners received certificates for one $10 voucher for lunch (to be prearranged with management.)
New Questions Being Developed
The ALTA® Education Committee is finalizing new game questions covering more advanced topics such as water rights, endorsements, encumbrances, reinsurance and coinsurance, subdivisions, and UCC. The new questions will be tested and used in the championship round of the Title Triumph® tournament in Boston at the 2004 ALTA® Annual Convention. The new questions should be ready for purchase in early 2005.
Come Play and Join Us For Ice Cream
If you’d like to see the game being played in person, join us for the Title Triumph® Tournament and Ice Cream Social, Friday, October 8, from 2:00-4:30 p.m. during ALTA®’s Annual Convention in Boston. Form your team in advance, create one on-site, or just come and watch (and eat ice cream). Medallions will be awarded to the winners of the preliminary rounds, and $50 gift certificates plus a free copy of the board game are the championship round prizes. Special thanks to United General Title Insurance Company for sponsoring the event.
How Can I Order My Copy?
To order your copy of “Title Triumph® The Game of Land Title Knowledge,” go to ALTA®’s home page at www.alta.org and click on Land Title Institute, then Board Game. The price is $146 for ALTA® members; $196 for nonmembers. If you have questions about the game, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.