BS Bingo

Do your suffer from BMN (Business Meeting Narcolepsy)?
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 -- 5"x5" is a good size.

2. Divide the card into columns -- five across and five down. That will give you 25 one-inch square blocks.

3. Write one of the following words/phrases in each square block:

strategic fit
core competencies
best practice
bottom line
take that off-line
out of the loop
think outside the box
fast track
knowledge base
at the end of the day
touch base
mind set
client focus(ed)
game plan

4. Check off the appropriate block when you hear one of those words/phrases.

5. 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."
-- Jack W. - Boston

"My attention span at meetings has improved dramatically."
-- David D. - Miami

"What a gas! Meetings will never be the same for me after my first win."
-- Sue S. - NYC

"The atmosphere was tense in our last process meeting as 14 of us waited for the fifth box."
-- Joseph R. - St. Louis

"The speaker was stunned as eight of us screamed BULLSHIT! for the third time in two hours."
-- Kathleen L., Atlanta

(thanks to Leah Christensen for this)