It’s that time of year when people start socializing around lists of the most annoying office buzzwords. There are lots of these lists out there…here’s one that has gone viral.
I understand the need for people to stay on the cutting edge in terms of thoughts, ideas and the way they present them. But what I don’t comprehend is how people can imply that others will disconnect from you just for uttering a single word.
Let me circle back with my apprehension about these lists. My beef is that all they do is tell you what not to say. For example, leading one of these lists is the word “leverage”. If you aren’t supposed to say leverage, then what are you supposed to say? I’m having a hard time believing if I use the word leverage in a sales presentation, it all of a sudden becomes a game changer.
I believe if you’re going to publish a list of the words that people should strike from their vocabulary…then reach out and give them replacement words. Interface with your employees by telling them what they’re supposed to say – it creates a real value-add. How difficult can that be?
My two-cents: your vocabulary belongs to you. I mean, it is what it is – right?