About a month ago we published a blog titled ‘4 Business Clichés to Avoid.’ The blog quickly grew into Lights Out Telecoms most popular post, enjoying the fanfare of being Tweeted, commented on and the very precious “like” button being clicked many times on several sites. Thank YOU!
So, we continue with part two in our new series of “Four Business Phrases” by focusing on:
“4 Business Phrases That Should Be Outlawed!”
When it comes to the use of business terms we likely have our favorites, ones we feel are catchy and get the point across clearly and effectively. We also probably notice that many such phrases are overused, perhaps escalating to the level of abusing our ears with their sound. Wouldn’t it be great to outlaw the use of these overused axioms?
Sometimes these toxic sounds come from some of our most trusted and professional workmates. They allow a word or phrase to slip out which should be universally outlawed from every language’s vocabulary. No matter how much we like our fellow worker, some phrases are just unforgivable.
“4 Business Phrases That Should Be Outlawed!”1. ‘To Tell You the Truth’ – This phrase should always be avoided as it immediately calls into question if telling the truth is your norm or something you only do on special occasions. If our practice is to be honest than we don’t need the mental trumpet blast of the words ‘To Tell You the Truth!” 2. ‘Been There, Done That’ – Where exactly have you been and what did you do while you were there? The likelihood is we really don’t want to know. The phrase is excessively overused and while it relates to basically saying I’ve been down that path and I won’t be going back, it’s a tacky and annoying phase that burns our very eardrums! 3. ‘Think Outside the Box’ – Years ago Taco Bell started a massive media blitz with the catchy phrase ‘Think Outside the Bun,’ it was a marketing bonanza and popular commercials resulted. Have you ever really thought about the core phrase ‘Think Outside the Box’ that our business associates use? What’s outside of the box? Everything else. So how groundbreaking and different are we if we’re thinking outside of the box? It may be better to stick to thoughts inside the box and let everyone else be common in their thinking. In fact George Patton once said ‘If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.’ 4. ‘Low Hanging Fruit’ – Unless we own an orchard or sell our products to a fruit stand we should stay clear of this phrase. It’s used to describe going after the business which is most easily attainable. This should be part of our marketing and business plan and not used to drive our associates bananas.