How to Stay Awake in Boring Meetings
1. Before (or during) the next meeting, seminar, or conference call, prepare yourself by drawing a square. I find that 5″ x 5″ is a good size. Divide the card into columns-five across and five down. That will give you 25 one-inch blocks.
2. Write one of the following words/phrases in each block:
Synergy, strategic fit, core competencies, best practice, bottom line, revisit, expeditious, to tell you the truth (or “the truth is), 24/7, out of the loop, benchmark, value-added, proactive, win-win, think outside the box, fast track, result-driven, knowledge base, at the end of the day, touch base, mindset, client focus(ed), paradigm, game plan, leverage.
3. Now check off the appropriate block when you hear one of those words/phrases.
4. When you get five blocks horizontally, vertically, or diagonally stand up and shout “BULLSHIT!”
“Real Testimonials” from satisfied players, after the jump…
“I had been in the meeting for only five minutes when I won.” – Adam W., Atlanta
“My attention span at meetings has improved dramatically.” – David T., Orlando
“What a gas! Meetings will never be the same for me after my first win.” – Dan J., New York City
“The atmosphere was tense in the last process meeting as 14 of us waited for the fifth box.” – Ben G., Denver
“The speaker was stunned as eight of us screamed ‘BULLSHIT!’ for the third time in two hours. The Bullshit Bingo Championship will be played at the next meeting.” – Rod H