Staying Focused at Meetings                  Back to Workplace Humor

Do you keep falling asleep in meetings and seminars? What about workshops and 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 on a card. One about 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 the following 25 words/phrases in the blocks:
Strategic fit
Core competencies
Best practice
Bottom line
Out of the loop
Drill down
Think outside the box
Fast track
Knowledge base
Moving forward
Touch base
Client focus(ed)
Game plan

3. Check off the appropriate block when you hear that word or phrase.

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 ,Florida

"What a gas! Meetings will never be the same for me after my first win."
Bill R., New York City

"The atmosphere was tense in the last process meeting as 14 of us waited for our fifth box."
Ben G., Denver

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

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