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Location: Denver, Colorado, United States

Thursday, July 14, 2005

New Bingo Game

Do you keep falling asleep in meetings and seminars? What about those long and boring conference calls? Monotone voices burbling on and on like a creek for hours on end, forcing you to look for the nearest sharp object or length of wire to end it all.?

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"x5" 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, take that off-line, 24/7, out of the loop, benchmark, value-added, proactive, win-win, think outside the box, fast track, result-driven, empower, Issue, Solution, touch base, mindset, client focus, 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." - Jack W., Boston
* "My attention span at meetings has improved dramatically." - David D., Florida
* "What a gas! Meetings will never be the same for me after my first win." - Bill R., New York
* "The atmosphere was tense in the last process meeting as 14 of us waited for the fifth x." - Ben G., Denver
* "The speaker was stunned as eight of us screamed 'BULLSHIT!' for the third time in two hours." - Kathleen L., Atlanta

HT Bert Wiener (via email)


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