I think everyone who is involved in business at any level can agree, that people change. You could be chatting to someone at a bar one evening, talking about sports, music, etc. But as soon as you see that guy tomorrow at work, he feels like he needs to talk like ‘a business man’.
I find this so fake, I don’t think we should all feel obliged to adopt a different language just because you’re wearing a suit, or sitting in an office. However I think it is fair to say that to some extent we can all be guilty of the occasional slip! So this post is dedicated to all those people who transform into a walking business buzzword cliche as soon as they cross the office threshold. We are going to go over our 10 favourite/worst business buzzwords and phrases.
1. Best of Breed
Unless your business involves dogs, you are banned from this phrase.
2. Going Forward
Were we going backwards before you said that?
3. Take this Offline
Are we that cemented to our computers, that just talking normally or meeting for a chat is now referred to as ‘taking this offline’.
4. Let’s Touch Base
Who is base, and why are we touching him?
Why in business do we refer to doing something as ‘actioning’. If your wife asked you to get her a cup of tea would you say ‘Let me action that’?!
Come up with an idea, why not refer to it as idea 2.0.
7. Drill Down
Do we have a mining department? I’m confused.
8. Paradigm Shift
Are we in a sci-fi movie? What are you talking about?!
9. Let’s Marinate On This
Oh, so we’re like meat now?
10. Thinking Outside the Box
What box?! Are we in a box? Who put us in this box?