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Stop Saying These 15 Business Buzzwords

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.14.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

I wish we could just "peel back the onion" ... but unfortunately business buzzwords are here to stay. The buzzword is a life raft for a disillusioned and disengaged worker. It is an easy escape route from a tough conversation that might actually require deep thought and carefully selected words. 

Writing Without Bullsh*t: An Interview with Josh Bernoff

Phil Simon | Posted 09.05.2016 | Books
Phil Simon

The state of business writing is generally dismal today. If I had a nickel for every poorly written article or blog post I've seen, I'd have quite a few nickels. Passive voice, horrible jargon, and run-on sentences make much if not most text confusing at best and downright inscrutable at worst.

Bewildered by Buzzwords

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.18.2017 | Comedy
Elaine Ambrose

After 30 years of professional work I feel empowered to share my version of a creative course that utilizes overexposed buzzwords to motivate the masses.

Buzzword-Free: A Startup's Best Friend and Worst Enemy

Claire Topalian | Posted 09.30.2016 | Business
Claire Topalian

So how do companies go about pitching their offerings to users or investors if they can't really explain what they are doing in the first place?

3 Reasons Why Marketing Technologists Are Your Next Hire

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 06.02.2015 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Marketing is becoming more tech-savvy than the IT department. According to CIO Magazine CMOs are going to spend more than CIOs on technology, software and services.

Predictions, Predilections, Prophecies, Punditry... and Future Babble

David Sable | Posted 03.07.2015 | Media
David Sable

My crystal ball is cloudy. But personally I'd rather model after Peter Drucker, drop the Babble, look hard at our world and get with the program.

The Origins Of Office Speak

The Atlantic | Emma Green | Posted 04.28.2014 | World

“Here’s your ‘buzzword bingo’ card for the meeting,” Wally says to Dilbert, handing him a piece of paper. “If the boss uses a buzzword on ...

Storytime in Corporate America

Jeb Harrison | Posted 04.02.2014 | Business
Jeb Harrison

The other day I responded to a want ad for a "storyteller," and, since having returned to freelance writing after a long career on both the agency and client side, I thought I would investigate. Here's my story.

Reinvention and Authenticity: People, Companies, and Countries

Russell C. Smith | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Russell C. Smith

Being authentic means trusting your gut and moving ahead. It means that many times, your questions will be more important than your answers. On a personal level, it's where deeper truths are discovered.

How Biz Blab and Manipulation Erode the Nobility of Sales

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business
Lisa Earle McLeod

What does the phrase "state of the art" mean to you? How about "third generation?" Does that get you jazzed? Probably not. Yet this is the kind of meaningless language that fills most business presentations.

Corporate Jargon vs. Parenting Gems

CT Working Moms | Posted 03.25.2013 | Parents
CT Working Moms

It occurred to me that at work, we say lots of things that aren't really clear and don't really mean anything, whereas as a parent, we have to speak very clearly, concretely and literally. Judge for yourself from the samples below.

2013's Fashionable Words

Liz Neumark | Posted 03.19.2013 | Books
Liz Neumark

Fashionable words with brief lifespans are a 21st-century phenomenon, ushering in our slavery to concepts defining actions, thoughts and to some extent, professional (and perhaps personal) agendas.

Are Your Buzzwords a Buzzkill? 3 Tips to Get Noticed

Nicole Williams | Posted 02.17.2013 | Business
Nicole Williams

At a time when there is more content out there than you could ever possibly hope to read, quality -- and not quantity -- has become the absolute standard for standing out and getting noticed.

Coping With Worklish, aka, Office Jargon

Carolyn Bucior | Posted 01.02.2012 | Women
Carolyn Bucior

This isn't my first time at the linguistic rodeo. While we can't wipe out Worklish, we can embrace coping strategies.

Junk Shot, Junk and A Big F**king Deal: The Words of 2010

Kristin Wilson Keppler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Kristin Wilson Keppler

We as Americans should feel so much smarter as we bid farewell to 2010. From a educational standpoint, this year marked a noticeable expansion of our ...

Shirley Sherrod and the Five Most Endangered Words on the Internet

Dave Pell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Dave Pell

The five most endangered words of the realtime internet era are: Let me think about that.

Buzzwords For 2010: Which Words Will Catch On Next Year?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Last year, JWT trendspotter Ann Mack predicted a number of words she expected to enter the 2009 lexicon -- and some were more successful than others....

3 MBA Tricks to Shorten Boring Meetings

Tim Berry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tim Berry

On the bad days, in off moments, it seems like my two years in business school were mostly about learning the definitions of a few key buzz words to use in meetings.

Words That Worked in 2008 (and Some That Didn't): A Report Card

Michael Maslansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Maslansky

The following is our admittedly subjective ranking of the top ten words of 2008 and how well people used them.

Necessity is the mother of social innovation

Lucy Bernholz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lucy Bernholz

Reposted (with edits and additions) from philanthropy2173 Ah, December. The anticipation of snow, unless you're already several feet under. The warmt...

"Cloud Computing": Useful Or Irritating?

Portfolio | Sam Gustin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Just when you thought we'd reached the known limits of annoying technology terms, a new specimen has begun to gain traction, putting up a spirited cas...