Karen Friedman, author of Shut Up and Say Something: Business Communication Strategies to Overcome Challenges and Influence Listeners, opines that "People use jargon because they want to sound smart and credible when in fact they sound profoundly dim-witted and typically can't be understood, which defeats the purpose of speaking".
For starts, its good to be a well-spoken executive in the biz community. But stretching that quality to incomprehensible standards ("painting with a far too broad a brush") is sure to bore the hell out of everyone around you. How does one become the inspirational guide for the team or for that matter a corporation?
Leadership is not an easy cookie to be had. The only supposed answer to this question is to dress down your words as far as possible. But using less-than-appropriate style is not an alternative. Communicating the ideas, the right way ensures a faster conversion rate by employees who are on the "same page" as you. At best the use of right amount of pop-culture slangs and correct yet simple vocabulary is important. The clearer one floats the ideas, will there emerge an environment of dialogue between the chains of command. When queries emerge as a plan is sounded, it means that the speaker has manged to affect the audience.
"Jargons develop inside organisations to help co-ordinate activities efficiently" says Jim Manzi of The American Scene. In fact, the word jargon in itself is coming to be looked down upon as a blanket term for variety of fancy slangs that includes industrial words; a mixed soup of alphabets that usually leaves the listeners in a jiffy of confusion. Most analysts believe that this trend is slowly killing business communication in the name of introducing creative expression in corporate circles. But sadly the scope of "spill over" effect is really limited.
A person who practically adores throwing-in extensive vocabulary that is difficult to be understood most times. In other words a connoisseur of corporate slang and mind you stay off such persons if you don't want to end up being the ultimate victim of wordplay.
Someone who has many business ideas but none actually works out. In other words, its all talk and no business plan to kick start.
A client or business partner who addresses office issues through passive-aggressive e-mails. It is fast emerging as the latest form of derogatory address that colleagues used against each other when the credits for a work done by oneself is snubbed.
3. Mucus Trouper
A worker who always gets the worst cold yet shows up at work to spread some germs around for others to catch the malady as well. That's taking work commitment to the Zero Zone! Well not required.
A person who acts cool and popular among the programming fraternity while not being really competent. A brogrammer is the typical eyesore for the nerds who do serious work and indulge less.
The act of calling a meeting to discuss the failure of a project and pinning the blame on a convenient scapegoat. Well most if us have heard of the brainstorming sessions but cornered and facing the heat for someone else's mess up is surely a unwanted tag.
So quit being a jargonaut . And the next time someone or your boss tries to pull a fast one at you, just laugh it off. Do check out this compilation of annoying business jargons presented by the Forbes.com.
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