Bullshit Bingo

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 your “Bullshit Bingo” card by drawing a square — I find that 5″ x 5″ is a good size. Divide the card into columns — five across and five down. That will give you 25, 1″ 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
mindset                                       empower (or empowerment)
knowledge base                        at the end of the day
touch base                                  client focus(ed)
ballpark                                      game plan

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

I stole this from a friend named Lynn. No idea who she stole it from.