Forbes has compiled a list of the “Most Annoying Business Jargon” with accompanying illustrations and acerbic captions that tell you just why theses phrases need excised from our workplace vocabulary.
On the list are such winners as “Giving 110%,” “drinking the Kool-aid” and “thinking outside the box.”
This Word Nerd has noticed the word “robust” (also a no-no) popping up in her grant proposals lately trying to signify that we don’t have wimpy programs, we have robust ones! But, Forbes is right: save “robust” for describing coffee.
So what does this mean for us?
It means working a little harder in our writing and our presentations. Like Forbes advises, don’t tell those you are pitching that your project/product/great idea will “move the needle,” but be concrete on numbers and how what you want to do will help you kick your competition’s butt. Specifically.
It’s the workplace equivalent, really, of “show don’t tell.”
Make yourself a list of banned words and phrases. Tack it to your cubicle and be ruthless is getting rid of them. Make it a
best practice routine for yourself to eliminate the jargon.