Take a 3-Minute Vacation While on a Conference Call

If you're on a conference call and playing solitaire or answering email, try playing our Nonprofit Conference Call Bingo instead . . . you'll listen more carefully!

Instructions: print this out and place an X in each square when you hear one of the typical conference call annoyances or cliche's. Get five in a row -- in any direction -- and you win!

Comments (11)

  • How about a square for cat barfing in the middle of a call. Been there. Done that.

    Oct 22, 2013
  • My dog threw up minutes before I was supposed to be on a conference call which made me completely forget about the call while I cleaned it up. Thanks for reminding me of that miserable experience. :(

    Oct 22, 2013
  • Anonymous

    Time to do a Board Meeting Bingo too!

    Oct 23, 2013
  • Anonymous

    Really Carynne? You are too funny.

    Oct 23, 2013
  • Anonymous

    Agree!

    Oct 23, 2013
  • Anonymous

    We made an organization specific one years ago. Really helps keep your attention on what people are saying during long calls. :-)

    Oct 24, 2013
  • Anonymous

    Fantastic! I second the comment about board meeting bingo!

    Oct 24, 2013
  • Anonymous

    How about one where someone has placed the call on hold and the group is stuck hearing their hold music? Or one where someone thinks they are on hold, but is not, so they are holding a full conversation with someone else.......and paying no attention to the people on the call saying please put your phone on mute! Thanks for the laugh!

    Oct 24, 2013
  • OH you are so, so right about the music! That has happened to me so many times! And ditto the one about someone on the phone talking to someone else. Sometimes it's a co-worker and you're hearing things you shouldn't be hearing . . . or they're talking to their kid, or to a repairman, or the person at the fast food restaurant they're ordering food from, or a policy officer who's stopped them . . . aaaagh!

    Oct 24, 2013
  • Anonymous

    HOw about when we all hear the tone that means someone has disconnected from the call and we're all saying "Who did we lose? Carole are you still on? William? William???" Rachel in Massachusetts

    Oct 24, 2013
  • Anonymous

    Let's not forget the terrible odd sound that resembles a fax machine and everyone's asking "What was that? I don't know it sounded like x or sounded like y" and on and on to identify the sound. or The muffled voice from the phone with bad reception and she keeps talking and you think you're the only one who is having trouble hearing because no one else has asked, "Katie, we're having trouble hearing you can you speak into the phone." You're left with agreeing or disagreeing and have no idea what you agreed with or disagreed with. or The excruciating silence because the conference call vendor has technical difficulty and the call gets dropped. Your left hanging wondering if folks need more time to process their thoughts before voicing an opinion. Reality hits and you proceed with the repeated question. "Is anyone there?" Square could be - Scramble to text anyone on the call to see if they got dropped, text the ED to get the new call in number, rush to dial new number all thumbs, flub that, try again..... or Texting while on the call and texting to the wrong person who is also on the call.......oops!

    Oct 29, 2013

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