Bullshit Bingo – How to stay awake in meetings

16 במאי 2006


Bullshit Bingo – 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" x 5" is a good size. Divide the card into columns – five across and five down. That will give you 25 one-inch blocks.

Bullshit Bingo 2. 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
* 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
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." – 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

Enjoy your meetings – Bullshit Bingo!

[Update September 29th, 2006] There is a downloadable version of this document with an already made 5×5 square here.

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  1. Eyal Chen16 במאי 2006 ב 21:30

    Great one… I'll use it in my next meeting!

  2. Modju Palmuto17 במאי 2006 ב 18:13

    Just drew the 5" x 5" square…

  3. Amrita29 במאי 2006 ב 19:52

    you can also add "Context" "LOE" "Bandwidth" 😉

  4. Amrita29 במאי 2006 ב 19:52

    you can also add "Context" "LOE" "Bandwidth" 😉
    keep the list growing

  5. Sandeep24 ביולי 2006 ב 13:36

    You forgot 'leverage' 🙂

  6. Sandeep24 ביולי 2006 ב 13:38

    I missed 'leverage'. Sorry. 🙂

  7. Gurdeep28 בספטמבר 2006 ב 9:55

    Maybe u can post a downloadable doc that can be easily printed. That will be helpful for short notice meetings 🙂

  8. Pedro Gomes4 באוקטובר 2006 ב 3:12

    man, i laughed so hard and for so long reading this, my belly still hurts! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Sam10 באוקטובר 2006 ב 7:49

    also phrases like – its gone into a loop, I ll get back to you, shoot a mail, AOP,

  10. NS22 בנובמבר 2006 ב 6:55

    add on that-Good ,Verygood,Why,WhyNot

  11. Mayank4 בפברואר 2007 ב 13:21

    This is hilarious…too good.. awesome..

  12. sasikiran18 באפריל 2007 ב 0:42

    you should add 'cross training', 'process improvement', 'knowledge base', 'tools', 'automation'.
    if it is a meeting to discuss a sev1,2,3 problem add 'checklist', 'ticklist', 'lessons learnt' to it

  13. shilpa 18 בינואר 2008 ב 10:14

    i will try this in my next meeting!!!
    it looks interesting!

  14. Simon Wharton13 במאי 2008 ב 13:18

    Mainly because we thought it was a good idea when we were drunk. We did an industry specific version of Bullshit Bingo. think of it like the way Monopoly has been developed for half the cities in the World. We now have SEo bullshit bingo


  15. andy18 ביוני 2008 ב 11:00


  16. Ranjith19 ביוני 2008 ב 8:08


  17. name30 ביולי 2009 ב 3:53

    So where it to find,

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