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The parrot's echo

A multi-player meeting distraction in which consensus-building, nerves of steel and kissing-up are the name of the game.


The parrot's echo

Introduction: All of us know at least one person in our office that sit in a meeting and always agrees with the boss and then feels that their contribution to the discussion is to re-state, either verbatim or paraphrasing, what was just said. The Parrot's Echo game takes advantage of this annoyance and turns it into a game of wit, nerves and butt kissing. Who knows, you may even get a raise because of playing it!!!

Playing field: Any meeting in which ideas, suggestions and decisions are being made or shared (brainstorming activities are especially appropriate for this game).

Number of players: 2 or more

Objective: Be the last person to state their agreement to a point made by the chair and/or boss in addition to re-stating the point once again.

Rules: 2 or more players decide before the meeting takes place to play. Anyone can get the ball rolling, but it must be in agreement to someone senior to all participants. Once a topic has begun to be parroted, when an agreement stated and the idea/concept repeated, a round has begun. The first person to agree and then re-state the point (parrot) gets 1 point, the second person to parrot gets 2 points … and so on. If someone jumps in ahead of one of the agreed participants they may get the respective points allowed for that turn (if you wish to keep track of non-knowing colleagues - say 3 points to continue with this example) and they then up the stakes for one of the participants to go after more points in this round. Participants may parrot as many times per round as they wish but only the corresponding points per parrot will be allocated no matter how many times the point is re-stated during their turn. A bonus 3 points, in addition to the normal turn points, are awarded to the last player to parrot before the boss has heard enough and moves on. A bonus 5 points, in addition to the normal turn points, is awarded to the player that ignores the boss and parrots again. A consolation 10 points, without turn points, is awarded when the boss yells at or calls out a player at any time. Multiple rounds may occur during any given meeting with the winner declared the one with the most points at the time the meeting is adjourned.

Suggestion: To achieve maximum joy from the game, do NOT allow the natural butt kisser in the office know the game is occurring. Not only does it enhance the game with the x-factor of a non-participant participating, but it completely throws them off balance and turns their little world upside-down.

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