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Bullshit Bingo

You may have seen this before, but this type of game is very useful at meetings (especially in Dilbert-like offices). It has happened in my company where someone yells out "Bullshit Bingo" at a meeting.

Do you keep falling asleep at meetings?

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 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
best practices
bottom line
revisit
take that off-line
24/7
out of the loop
benchmark
value-added
pro-active
win-win
think outside the box
fast track
result-driven
empower (or empowerment)
knowledge base
at the end of the day
touch base
mind set
client focus(ed)
ballpark
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, standup and shout "BULLSHIT!"

The following are testimonials from satisfied "Bullshit Bingo" players:

"I had been in the meeting for only five minutes when I won!" - Jack W., Boston, MA

"My attention span at meetings has improved dramatically!" - David D., Tampa, FL

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

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

"The speaker was stunned as eight of us screamed "BULLSHIT" for the third time in two hours!" - Susan T., Seattle, WA

"Bullshit Bingo really keeps me on my toes. As a professional meeting presenter, "I've had to come up with new ways to describe the same old shit get ready for Bullshit Bingo II!" - Jill C., Kansas City, MO
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