Say Goodbye to Boring Business Language: How to Make Your Colleagues Love You

Have you ever been in a meeting and wanted to jump out the window because someone won’t stop using buzzwords? I have. It’s like they’re speaking a different language. They call it “business speak” or “corporate jargon” or some other BS, but really, it’s just a bunch of nonsense.

Apparently, one in five people hates it, and I’m guessing the other four just aren’t paying attention. Men are worse than women, too. They’re 76% more likely to use it, which just goes to show that they’ll do anything to make themselves sound important. It’s like they’re trying to overcompensate for something. I don’t know what, but something.

Source: Dilbert

So, what are the most irritating buzzwords? Here are my top ten:

  1. New Normal
  2. Culture (e.g., “Company culture”)
  3. Circle back
  4. Boots on the ground
  5. Give 110%
  6. Low-hanging fruit
  7. Win-win
  8. Move the needle
  9. Growth hacking
  10. Think outside the box

You know what’s funny? If you took all those words and put them in a sentence, it would be complete nonsense. It’s like a bad Mad Libs game.

But if you wanna steer clear of these pesky phrases, here are some tips to help you out:

First off, don’t let other people pressure you into using these words. Be your own person. You’re not a robot, so don’t sound like one. Make a list of the most commonly used buzzwords, and post it near your computer so you can remind yourself not to use them. It’s like a “Do Not Disturb” sign, but for words.

Next, try to use more descriptive and specific phrases instead. It’s like a breath of fresh air for your co-workers. They’ll be like, “Oh wow, this person actually knows how to use words!” Use a storytelling approach to make your point and show your true self. That way, your message won’t get lost in a sea of buzzwords.

Lastly, get feedback from people outside your bubble. People who aren’t native speakers can tell you if your language is clear and easy to understand. And if your work is too long and complicated, you might lose their attention faster than a sneeze. Remember, using clear language builds trust and makes you a better communicator.

So there you have it. Follow these tips, and you’ll be the buzzword-busting hero that your workplace needs. Trust me, your co-workers will thank you. And who knows, maybe you’ll start a revolution. A language revolution. A “let’s use words that make sense” revolution.

That’s all for now. Keep being awesome, and keep speaking like a human being.

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