Monday, November 28, 2005

"Bulls**t Bingo"

A friend sent the rules this morning -- always handy...


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" x 5" is a good size.)
  2. Divide the card into columns - five across and five down. That will give you 25 one-inch blocks.
  3. Write one of the following words/phrases in each block:synergy
    • strategic fit
    • core competences
    • best practice
    • bottom line
    • revisit
    • expeditious
    • to tell you the truth (or "the truth is")
    • 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)
    • paradigm
    • game plan
    • leverage
  4. Check off the appropriate block when you hear one of those words/phrases.
  5. 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." - Adam, Atlanta

"My attention span at meetings has improved dramatically." - David, Florida

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

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

"The speaker was stunned as eight of us screamed 'BULLSHIT!' for the third time in two hours." - Paul, Cleveland

"When I won and yelled "BULLSHIT!" the woman sleeping next to me slid off her chair!" - Joseph, Los Angeles

and of course there are great web resources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buzzword_bingo

Generate your own Bingo card:

http://www.bullshitbingo.net/

And in German:

http://www.hirschbeutel.de/bullshit_bingo.html

Fun, fun fun!

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1 comment:

stephen said...

Came across a nice online example of bullshit or meeting bingo