Hey community, can I do a quick flyby, pick your brain, and double-click on an upcoming rollout we’re doing so we won’t have to, you know, circle back?
You guessed it. It’s about business jargon. And it sure is fun to criticize. This guy absolutely nails it.
But here’s something I’ve been thinking about lately: what are the alternatives?
We can’t just identify overused corpspeak and make fun of it, we need to come up with fresh metaphors and clearer language. Because more thoughtful and precise communication increases understanding. It’s harder to do, but it’s better than just saying “I don’t like it” without giving concrete reasons and offering better options.
That’s where YOU come in. Will you give us your take on these two questions?
What business jargon confuses and bothers you the most? What do you read all the time and wish the writer had used more helpful, relatable language?
Can you come up with some good alternatives? For example, if leverage (good, but overused) is driving you a little nuts, what should we use instead? Take advantage of? Must good use of?
Let us know your thoughts and we’ll feature some of your replies in an upcoming Work Life blog!
Don’t hesitate, this is mission critical. This is where the rubber meets the road, people. Marinate on it, and take a deep dive. Then ping me. Just don’t put the cart before the horse, it’s not my first rodeo.
See, too easy! 😂
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