Surviving a meeting is a serious business.
If the meetings are scheduled before lunch, you may run into embarrassing situations like The Grumbling Tummy. But meetings after lunch are just as dangerous. Those are the hours when your sleep cells gather together and decide to go berserk. Pure Yo Yo style!!
Imagine the manager going on and on about a mind numbingly boring critical issue, while in the warm dim-lit corner of the room, your head is about to do a “Oppa Hangman Style” (a notorious activity where the chin is digging inside the chest, eyes rolled up and mind in stupor. If this position is left for long, an even serious phenomenon called drooling might occur). In short, it’s a package deal of embarrassment. This reverie is often broken by a sudden start, when the person blinks for a while, looks around to see if he is caught and then fervently tries to cover up by asking questions that leave the rest of the team befuddled.
To avoid such sleepy situations; I have devised a super-smart-sleep-removal plan, though it’s not a guaranteed super-proof method, because often I have found myself woken up by someone directing their query at me. I would usually react by intently staring at the screen, trying to look as serious as my small droopy eyes would make me look and then mumble something in the lines of “I was just wondering if.....
As I was saying, to keep myself awake, I begin by examining the back of the person sitting in front of me. Now now don’t you raise those perverted fingers at me! I start with the shirt, is it checked, plain, striped? From what I have noticed, guys really don’t have much choice after all. (Don't count the number of stripes in the shirt; you might just lapse into a coma)
I performed an experiment too, right there in the conference room, known as The Yawning Circle. See I can be a scientist!! Yahaaa!! The experiment started when I yawned and observed if it spreads out. Although, others didn’t need any catalyst to trigger the yawning, they were rubbing off the tears caused by the constant opening and shutting of the mouth. I wonder if we can do a Mexican wave of yawning. Even amusing is to notice people stifle a yawn... ohh the constipated look on their face !!
Well, for the time being, I suppose these tips should be suffice for you to survive the next meeting. Till then keep your Eyes Wide Open.