Surviving Meetings

  1. 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. Divide the card into columns-five across and five down. That will give you 25 on-inch 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

    * empower (or empowerment)

    * knowledge base

    * at the end of the day

    * touch base

    * mindset

    * client 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 BUNKUM!"

    Testimonials from satisfied "BuNKUM 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 'BUNKUM!' for the third time in two hours."- Kathleen L., Atlanta and any attachments
    Last edit by gwenith on Jul 21, '03
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   Zee_RN
    LOL! This would actually work. Good one.
  4. by   nowplayingEDRN
    Hehehehehehehe! I would like to see the faces on those in the meeting when someone yells BUNKUM!! :roll
  5. by   funnygirl_rn
    Originally posted by UntamedSpirit
    Hehehehehehehe! I would like to see the faces on those in the meeting when someone yells BUNKUM!! :roll
    Me too!! :chuckle :chuckle
  6. by   jnette
    well...WHAT mandatory meeting/inservice?

    Uh... still would work with those dreaded conference calls, tho' !
  7. by   debbyed
    Wonder if I'd get fired for trying this.............Might be worth a shot
  8. by   jnette
    Originally posted by debbyed
    Wonder if I'd get fired for trying this.............Might be worth a shot
    heh heh.. I passed this on to my DON.. she emailed me right back with " Oh, Jnette ! THIS is why I love you so ! "

    She thanked me 1000 x and said she couldn't WAIT to do this the next time the "seagull managers" flew in... or the next 2 hour conference call. :chuckle
  9. by   karenG
    I'm attending a really high powered meeting tomorrow........might get fired if I play this but I could play it quietly!!!!!!!!!

    Karen

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