I'd like to run this idea up the flag pole, that the best practice and a win-win situation with plenty of value added is to stop using jargon. Are we on the same page?
Expecting all your coworkers to understand your jargon is just blue-sky thinking. Maybe we should brainstorm or action a project so that going forward we can think outside of the box and make sure we are all singing from the same hymn-sheet. If not, we can circle back and not have to re-invent the wheel to understand each other.
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These are just a few of the phrases that London Offices collected in a survey of jargon we can't stand. While almost all of us say we hate jargon, American Express OPEN just released a survey that said that 64 of Americans use jargon multiple times per week. And the problem with that is that jargon isn't very clear; they also discovered that 88 percent of Americans pretend to understand office jargon.
While the London survey identified phrases that our friends in the UK use, most seem to be the same as we use in the US. I admit I hadn't heard "make sure we are all singing from the same hymn-sheet," but I intend to adopt it in my side gig (unpaid) as a church music director. It won't be jargon then, though.
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Here are the phrases the Brits found annoying, as reported by the Daily Mail. What ones should we add to it?
Instead of one of these phrases, say what you really mean. Then you don't run the risk of people misunderstanding you. Although, sometimes, when you have nothing of value to say, being misunderstood at least lets the other person think they are the problem instead of you.
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