The 40 most overused business terms – Part 2
In part one of this blog, we highlighted twenty words or phrases used in business so commonly that they’ve taken on a life of their own. So if you hear things like ‘synergy,’ ‘give 110%’, and ‘paradigm shift’ around your office, you’ll probably want to check out these next twenty words and phrases that should be stricken from our business vocabulary forever.
#1 Out of pocket
Where else would the funds come from, unless you’re carrying them in a man purse or something?
#2 At the end of the day
Were we ready to go home or something? And aren’t we all still coming in tomorrow?
#3 Ping me
Excuse me? That sounds like it’s only one step up from Poking you on Facebook.
#4 More bang for your buck
When you break it down, don’t we all really want more bang for less buck?
Were you setting up a lot of win-lose situations in the past that we should be aware of?
#6 Circle back around
What you really mean: Procrastinate because you don’t want to deal with it now.
#7 Protect the king
Everyone is else is at risk of getting fired/sued/demoted, but the big wigs will be just fine.
#8 Hit the ground running
That’s a lot better than hitting the ground and going ‘splat!’
#9 Organizational flow chart
A convenient visual reminder of who gets paid more than you and who can boss you around.
#10 Sharpen the pencil
Your price is way too high and you really have to bring it down or else there’s no chance of you getting my business, but I’m too polite to come out and say that.
#11 Back to the drawing board
Either you completely screwed up and have to start over, or you ‘circled back’ too often and you never really got started. So either way, you screwed up.
#12 I just wanted to say hi and see how you’ve been
In the context of an email, text or voice mail to someone, seemingly out of the blue, this indicates that they want something.
#13 It’s on my radar
I haven’t done anything with it yet, but I know if I don’t soon then I’ll probably get fired, and I want you to know I’m aware of that.
#14 I have a heavy desk
The desk actually weighs exactly the same as it did yesterday, but I have a lot of work that I never got done because I was busy trying to weigh my desk.
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#15 Move the goal post
This one doesn’t even make sense from a sports perspective, as the aim is to get the puck/football/soccer ball INSIDE the goal posts, not just to rattle them. Or are you a fan who rushed the field after a college football win and is trying to bring down the goal posts? Either way, that kind of activity is more suited to after-work happy hour than this sales meeting.
#16 Let me get my manager’s blessing
I actually have zero authority to make any decisions on this matter and you’ve been talking to the wrong person the whole time.
#17 Peel back the layers of the onion
What exactly are you hoping to find? More onion? A smaller onion? And I hope you brought breath mints.
#18 Let’s red pen this situation
I actually like this reference to a teacher correcting papers with a red pen, but they keep telling me to stop because red Sharpie is almost impossible to get off a computer screen.
#19 Get on the bus/get aboard
Would you like me to agree with your idea, or are we taking a field trip somewhere? (I’m assuming I don’t need a permission slip because I’m 47 years old.)
That mythical place where execs make seven figures in their corner offices when they’re not playing golf all day. Those who are called “upstairs” either never seen or heard from again among the commoners downstairs, either promoted into the cult or, more often, given their pink slip and taking the elevator all the way down to the parking garage.