Tuesday, September 9, 2008

How to stay awake in meetings

How to stay awake in meetings

Do you keep falling asleep in meetings and seminars? What about those long

and boring conference calls? Here's a way to change all of that.

1. Before (or during) your 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:

fast track
touch base
strategic fit
core competencies
to tell you the truth (or 'the truth is')
empower (or empowerment)
client focus(ed)
best practice
knowledge base
bottom line
out of the loop
think outside the box
at the end of the day
game plan

3. 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!'

Testimonials from satisfied 'Bull
shit Bingo' players:

'I had been in the meeting for only five minutes when I won.'

- Adam, Atlanta
'My attention span at meetings has improved dramatically.'

- David, Florida
'What a gas! Meetings will never be the same for me after my

first win.' - Dan, New York City
'The atmosphere was tense in the last process meeting as 14 of us

waited for the fifth box.' - Ben, Denver
'The speaker was stunned as eight of us screamed 'BULLSHIT!' for

the third time in two hours.' - Paul, Cleveland

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