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    What do you guys do to stay awake in meetings?

    I have a problem staying awake during meetings! It sucks! I can get a full night's sleep but if the topic is boring, as most are, I'm a bobble head doll with my head bouncing up and down trying to stay awake.

    Short of drinking coffee and/or red bull are there any tricks you use to stay awake?

    I have a three day, all-day training class over the next 3 days and I'm afraid I'm gonna fall asleep.

    Please HHEEELLLLPPPP!!

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    Oh boy am I not the one to ask. Even as a kid (I was always on the go, just as I am now), didn't matter how much sleep, etc - I used to dread going into my FIRST period class and seeing ye old movie set-up - ugh. I'd be good for 10 minutes, then as the fact of sitting - and relaxing started to creep in - and the eventual nod - I did everything I could: bounce foot, shuffle in the seat - doodle (you should have seen some of my college notepads - full pages of doodles (course I was an art student) -some pages full of pictures just made of dots! College courses at night were the worst. Went in with the most biggest mega coffee possible - and then IT set in. Didn't help matters much when in two classes this one guy always leaned over backwards - snoring.

    Only way out of those long meetings I found was to really participate as much as possible and hit the caffeine. All I could think of for me was the fact that I'm so much on the go that as soon as I sit and ... relax - IT takes over. Caffeine and doodling, that's the ticket.

    Oh yeah, and getting up and moving around (bathroom time) does seem to help. For some reason if I can overcome that one time span where I cannot help my nodding that helps and the moving around, getting another cup of coffee really seems to help for the rest of the day. Good luck!

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    Take notes. And try to write out three good questions to ask at the end. Staying actively engaged helps. Passive engagement is too much like watching a droning television, and we all know how easy it is to fall asleep on the sofa....

    Worst case, you can use your notes to tell Foo how absolutely boring the meeting/training was!

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    Sorry Gary, you're screwed.
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    If you can find any way to control it, lower the temp so its kinda cold. It doesn't guarantee, but it helps.
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    Give in! Fall asleep! Snore loudly! It will be good for you, and it will let the people on the other end know that the call has gone on far too long and dully!

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    Meth and acid is a good idea....(please don't, really.....last thing everyone needs is a super-amped up person that's seeing sounds and feeling colors while the sky grooms the grass and the dog biscuits are singing showtunes to the orange cows).

    I just fidget like mad....I'm a fidgeter by nature, and so long as either my heart rate is up or my mind is grinding about something constructive, I won't fall asleep.

    If it's a phone meeting, I'll just mute it and make up really strange songs.

    One I made today, it sucks, but what do you expect when sitting through a 2 hour phone meeting...shakespeare?:

    People in their cubes, exchanging meetings
    wandering in their inbox
    what were the chances we'd be sharing views
    before the day was through

    something in your invite so disturbing
    something in your email so offending
    something in my heart
    said I must delete youuuuuu

    people in their cubes, two pissed off people
    we were strangers in their cubes
    up to the moment
    when we sent our first chain email
    little did we know
    spite was just a :CC away
    a foul dept email away and...

    doobie dooby doo, da doo da doo be
    ....blah blah blahb blah

    Ever since that day we worked together
    antagonists at first sight, in strife forever
    It turned out so blue
    for people in their cubes
    -------- __@
    ----- _`\<,_
    ---- (*)/ (*)
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Ring Ring, Ring Ring, the bell went Ring Ring Ring.

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    I take the Swiss Army knife out of my pocket and jab the corkscrew into the ham of my ham. Not enough to break the skin, just enough to hurt.
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    car/house keys in back pocket of trousers works for me

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    I take notes.

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    Your supposed to stay awake? I thought those were paid nap times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    BWAHAHAHAH - is that before the meeting or during "lunch" break?

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    I'm a pontificating loquacious talkaholic.


    I stay awake by being over engrossed in the meeting.


    I am the one that is boring you all to death with my 20 minute monolouges.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serendipper
    I'm a pontificating loquacious talkaholic.


    I stay awake by being over engrossed in the meeting.


    I am the one that is boring you all to death with my 20 minute monolouges.

    hehe, are you sure you're not one of the peeps on the board of directors with me in my club? I put coffee in a disposable water bottle (no way to get that stuff/taste outta a non-nalgene container) and then I run out during mid-dissertation....

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    I take notes about other things that are more interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mphetameme
    I take notes about other things that are more interesting.
    dude i thought your name was methamphetamine at first glance... and that would answer the OP. least, that's what i would recommend for guaranteed consciousness during a meeting. copious amounts of crystal meth.
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    What's this "meeting" thing you speak of?
    Bring back the Sig Test!


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    I don't, I just wear these...

    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serendipper
    I'm a pontificating loquacious talkaholic.
    I stay awake by being over engrossed in the meeting.
    I am the one that is boring you all to death with my 20 minute monolouges.
    That's funny Serendipper- I have at least one student like you in every single class I've taught. You know, the one because of whom, a bunch of students form a committee to come up to me after class to talk about "that problem." That's OK, though- it keeps everyone awake, even if only from anger!

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    But on the road more MTBLover's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom
    I don't, I just wear these...


    Meanwhile keeping everyone else in the meeting wide awake

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    In class when it's boring, sometimes I just zone out, stare at something, not really think about anything, and keep still..but keeping still is a freebie with it, because when you zone out, you'll just be vegging and not even know.

    Another thing I do is to imagine me in a big ol' freeride bike, riding on ramps around the room, and how will I be able to jump from the desk, to the moving computer tray, to the ledge where the markers go.

    I also imagine my classroom and school is a battle field, and nvm.

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    I can't be the ONLY one who deals with boring meetings by thinking about sex, can I? I mean, honestly, 95% of the time I'm very engaged in meetings...I don't have a hard time being a supportive, interested party, generally.

    But when I am stuck in someone else's meeting, say, where I'm only needed for 10 minutes of it and then the rest has nothing to do with me but I can't escape...well, then, what could possibly be more interesting to think about? Reliving memories of sex that already did happen, or pondering the possibilities of sex that could happen, or coming up with new ideas for sex that definitely WILL happen... whee. WAY better than taking notes.
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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tude
    BWAHAHAHAH - is that before the meeting or during "lunch" break?
    One before, one for lunch. Nothing exceeds like excess.

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