Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Business Speak 101

This main article that this post refers to, was originally published on bbc.co.uk  a couple of years ago and I thought I'd share it with you today.

You've probably heard someone in the workplace (or in the public eye) use some of the phrases or words in the article. I've definitely heard quite a few, and mainly from the same group of senior management suits, so you might want to fetch your pen and paper and make a list of the ones you will likely be adopting?!

Alternatively, you could just lose the ambiguity and speak proper English, that will be understood by all because of its simplicity!

I've listed below the ones I found really amusing. You can click here to read the complete article, as well as the context in which some of the phrases can be used (if you so desire). Enjoy!

Do share, if you know of any other grand, verbose and totally confusing terms!


going forward
idea showers (a replacement for brain storming(!))
product evangelist
platform atheists
incentivise
touch base offline
loop back
holistic, cradle-to-grave approach
got you in my radar
challenges (not problems)
low hanging fruit
looking under the bonnet
pre-prepare / pre-plan
forward planning
conversate (huh?)
think outside the box
sprinkling the magic along the way
in this space
from the get-go
going forward
360-degree thinking
feed through the pipeline
ducks in a row
fingers down the throat
my door is open on this issue
close of play
give it 110%
not enough bandwidth
out of the loop
cascading
living the values
blue-sky thinking
strategic staircase
the next level drill-down
granularity
high altitude view
silos
synergies

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