NYSC Corp Members have been taking to Twitter for a while now to express their feelings about NYSC lectures.
No boring meeting can match #nysc boring lectures, especially if ur serving in Zamfara.
— Ayobami (@Abiolafestus) November 30, 2016
I’m sitting in the most Boring Meeting ever . OYO #NYSC lectures ?
— Dimobika Kaycee (@KCOFLIFE) November 30, 2016
Follow the steps below to avoid sleeping during such boring lectures:
1. Make Yourself Uncomfortable
Instead of sitting in a chair that could potentially recline (or topple), stand up in the back of the room, or, if you work in a “cool” office, balance on an exercise ball. Keeping your body active will help your mind stay alert, and you’ll be able to power through the meeting.
This may seem counterintuitive—why would you speak up now, when you’ve had one hour of sleep and three venti mochas?—but participating will help you stay engaged (and, thus, awake). Make eye contact with the speaker, share your thoughts on the meeting’s content, write detailed notes in the margins of the handouts. If you feel your eyes start to droop, focus on the speaker and try to silently paraphrase what she’s saying—anything to keep your brain at work.
Ignore any dietary or nutritional guidelines and snack on the first thing you can find. Is it loaded with sugar? Full of fat? Even better. This is not the time to be counting calories. Any type of snack will give you the little burst of energy you need, and the physical act of eating will help you stay awake.
4. Excuse Yourself
If none of these honorable tactics work, and you feel yourself about to face plant onto the conference table, excuse yourself from the meeting. Go to the bathroom and splash your face with cold water. And if you’re still not awake enough to face that board room? Go back to your cubicle (or to Starbucks). It’s better to leave with dignity than to wake up duct-taped to the water cooler with dry-erase doodles on your face. After you step out, send the meeting organizer an email, apologizing that you couldn’t participate and asking for a copy of the deck and handouts.