Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Bullshit Bingo - How to stay awake in meetings

From Guy Bursteins blog

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:
  • synergy

  • strategic fit

  • core competences

  • 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
  • empower (or empowerment)

  • knowledge base

  • at the end of the day

  • touch base

  • mindset

  • client focus(ed)

  • paradigm

  • game plan

  • leverage

  • 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 "Bullshit 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
    Enjoy your meetings!

    1 comment:

    iwkid said...

    There's also a great random board maker at: