Corporate Training Days... how to relieve the boredom?

@Wizzywig (7859)
December 9, 2009 12:44pm CST
I have to attend a Corporate training Day tomorrow. We are supposed to attend once a year and you can't sneak off early as they dont give out the attendance certificates till the very end. If you dont get the paperwork you have to attend again. It usually consists of top bods pontificating and reading out statistics from a powerpoint presentation. I am hopeless at concentrating in such situations and know that I will drift off into my own little world within minutes. Any hints on how to stay alert and attentive - or can anyone lend me a pair of glasses with 'open eyes' painted on so no-one notices that my eyes are shut?
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@mac6304 (76)
• United States
9 Dec 09
Sit at the back, bring a jacket because it is usually freezing, a notebook so it looks like you are writing when you are looking down and just zone out. Hopefully you don't snore, or this will give you away. Make sure you have a fun game on your fully charged cell phone. Pretend you are checking emails.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
9 Dec 09
The notification informs me that any food not purchased on site cannot be eaten on the premises but, I suspect it CAN & will be testing that theory... a bit like I did when the catering manager at college told me "You cannot have custard on this pudding..." - I just made a jugful,took it to the canteen and poured it on saying "Oh,look.. it turns out that I CAN!!" Yes, I think its a head-bent-in-note-taking-mode as close to the exit as possible.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
9 Dec 09
My dear Wizzywig, there is no way at all to alleviate the boredom. Cross your fingers they don't bring in role play and go to sleep. Whoever runs those things usually has the intelligence of a gnat and could write the whole days script down on one side of A4 and pass it around. You've just made me very glad I'm not stuck in that environment anymore.
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@Wizzywig (7859)
9 Dec 09
In the original induction course, the Conflict Resoluton guy DID set us role play I threw myself wholeheartedly into being the dissatisfied customer and refused to be placated. At the end,he said,"Dont worry. You're not likely to get anyone as bad as her". Job done!
@mac6304 (76)
• United States
9 Dec 09
Sit at the back, bring a jacket because it is usually freezing, a notebook so it looks like you are writing when you are looking down and just zone out. Hopefully you don't snore, or this will give you away.
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