Bingo!

I am definitely allergic to those lullabies in meetings where droning voices reverberate up and down and back and forth, leaving me with no choice but to look for the whiteboard duster, or a heavy marker, or any handy tool that I can throw at the speaker, to end it once and for all. But now I learnt how to get out of such situations. Here is a life-saving forward I received for all those of us who keep falling asleep in meetings, seminars or those never-ending boring group conference calls.  I am really trying to look for the originator of this mail, or at least this game, and award him/her with my award for “outstanding contribution to the faculties of boredom killers.”
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

knowledge base

solution

touch base

mindset

client focus

paradigm

game plan

leverage

OR print out and use the provided box below…

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 knowledge base 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 City
  • “The atmosphere was tense in the last process meeting as 14 of us waited for the fifth box.” – Ben G., Denver
  • “The speaker was stunned as eight of us screamed ‘BULLSHIT!’ for the third time in two hours.” – Kathleen L., Atlanta
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4 comments

  1. do you actually talk like this in person??
    I should die of a severe case of hilarity if I met you.

    I look forward to making your acquaintance at meetings of the book club (a recent sign-upee)

    Sunil

    1. I am much worse.I actually make sure that my lines are always accompanied with a lot of meaningless junk words that I unconditionally use. I somehow believe that this would ensure nobody can ever decide whether I make sense or not… And after a while they decide I don’t make sense (which is spot on…)

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