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HOW TO STAY AWAKE IN MEETINGS:

OFFERED AS A PUBLIC SERVICE... 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.

2. Write one of the following words/phrases in each block:

 

* synergy
* strategic fit
* core competencies
* 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

 

* empower (or empowerment)
* knowledge base
* at the end of the day
* touch base
* mindset
* client focus(ed)
* paradigm
* game plan
* leverage
* win-win
* think outside the box
* fast track
* result-driven

 


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!"


 


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