Surviving boring meetings: think about football, food or underwear
The UK guardian, reports that business meetings in the UK have become so boring that most participants totally mentally check out.
However apparently this has an "up-side" as it stimulates the participants creative thinking – a bit like being in the shower or out on a long walk!
Apparently doodling has been overtaken by a range of ingenious games, including:
- Office Bingo - a form of bingo based on predictable phrases in presentations
- Thinking about Football (mostly men)
- Pondering the dress sense of colleagues
The advice offered includes banning participants from using blackberries and texting and making them change seats regularly.
Apparently actually trying to make the meetings interesting, useful and well run is considered too stupid to even suggest!
However if you have not given up on meetings altogether you could check out my Fifteen great techniques for teams for a few pointers.
Bioteams Books Reviews
Read this book if your future is anyway connected to Web2.0. Andrew Keen’s central thesis is that if all content (e.g. music, video, news, books, encyclopaedias) is produced by “amateurs” and no-one will pay for “professional” versions then its curtains for quality or independent publishing.