Boring meetings are the bane of the business world. However, you can make them a lot more interesting by playing "buzzword bingo." It's easy.
Simply print out this column (there's a "printable" version link underneath the "like" buttons), and hand out copies to your friends and colleagues before a big meeting. Be sure to bring a full mug of coffee and have a pot (or two) ready by the meeting room.
Keep your copy atop your notebook, like you're taking notes. Each time a speaker uses a buzzword for the first time, circle it. Every time you reach a multiple of 10, take a drink. If all the players are paying attention, you'll reach for your coffee mugs at the same time! Hilarity ensues.
(The game is even more fun, of course, if you add a little whiskey to your coffee before the meeting–although it should be noted that many companies frown on this.)
In any case, by the time the meeting is over, all the players will be nicely caffeine-buzzed and ready to get some actual work done.
By the way: I've heard rumors that a version of this game is played by analysts at Gartner who are forced to listen to multiple vendor presentations. Bottoms up!
Here's the list:
Now, if only some enterprising entrepreneur would turn this game into an iPhone/Android app, we'd really have something, eh?
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