Monday, February 22, 2010

Do you keep falling asleep in staff meetings? – Play Bullshit Bingo

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 your "Bullshit Bingo" card by drawing a square -- I find that 5" x 5" is a good size -- and dividing it into columns --five across and five down. That will give you 25 1-inch blocks.

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

  • Synergy
  • Strategic fit
  • Core competencies
  • Out of the box
  • 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 (or empowerment)
  • Knowledge base
  • At the end of the day
  • Touch base
  • Mindset
  • Client focus(ed)
  • Ballpark
  • Game plan
  • Leverage
  • Cascade
  • Sequential or sequentially

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."
- Harry A, Chantilly

"Thanks Bingo creator for thinking outside the box and proactively creating this value-added knowledgebase that is a strategic fit with my core competencies and current client focused mindset. I can leverage our existing process and exploit the inherent synergies to expand the knowledgebase to cater to our result driven folks who will work 24/7 to put it on a fast-track. This cascading game-plan is what I call a truly win-win situation."
- Swami S, Sunnyvale, CA

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