Business Bingo - Not the Game to Win

Who has played such Bingo Games in meetings of late? No need to raise your hand, I know these games are enjoyed with some regularity around conference tables.
I am on a mission, and this week I have learned that I am not alone. I want to save some folks from this craziness of repeating words and phrases that are overused and somehow are equated with impressive. The default to this jargon undermines them as a candidate and their skills. I suggest we begin using our own voices for better results as we define successes, failures, learnings, obstacles and business situations.
Bret Stephens in his latest Tips for Aspiring Op-Ed Writers - 8.25.17 - New York Times shared this as his Tip #12.
"Kill the clichés. If you want to give the reader an outside the box perspective on how to solve a  problem from hell by  reimagining  the  policy toolbox to include  stakeholder voices — well, stop right there. Editors notice these sorts of expressions the way French chefs notice slices of Velveeta cheese: repulsive in themselves, and indicative of the mental slop that lies beneath."
As a foodie, I especially enjoyed his shout-out to Velveeta.
And then, it was mentioned again today by Jane Burnett as the #2 of #7 Reasons in a Ladders Feature Article... Why You Did Not Get The Job...
"You used too much jargon"
"Jargon can make you look like you’re trying way too hard at work, and enough  ridiculous words could potentially send eyes rolling.
A Glassdoor article features advice from Omer Molad, CEO/Founder of  Vervoe, and he comments on why you shouldn’t use too many words like this saying, “don’t try to look smarter than you really are.”
At the end of the day,, it is more than the low-hanging fruit. Instead, I challenge you to use your own voice to define direction, proposals, aspirations and your story. Vocabularies will be expanded and strengthened.
Consider this your lagniappe for today!

Curious as to what other HR pros think about business buzzwords?  Check out #Nextchat RECAP: HR Catch Phrases Get a Seat at the Table.


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