HOW TO STAY AWAKE IN MEETINGS 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. 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 of those 25 blocks: · Synergy · Strategic fit · Core competencies · Best practice · Bottom line · Stakeholder(s) · CTQ(s) · The truth is · 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 · Customer Centricity / focus(ed) · 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 "BULLSH*T!" Testimonials from satisfied "BULSH*T BINGO" players: Ø "I had been in the meeting for only five minutes when I won." -- Adam W., Atlanta. Ø "My attention span at meetings has improved dramatically." -- David T., Florida. Ø "What a gas! Meetings will never be the same for me after my first win." -- Dan J., New York City. Ø "The atmosphere was tense in the last process meeting as 14 of us waited for the fifth box." -- Ben G., Denver. Ø "The speaker was stunned as eight of us screamed 'BULLSH*T!' for the third time in two hours." – Rick A., Orlando.