Business

We’ve all heard them and we’re all guilty of using at least once every so often – buzzwords.

They’re the words which your boss will say to you, or that person you don’t really want to be emailing will fill an email with – and OfficeVibe have listed the top 10 we need to get rid of RIGHT NOW.

The top 10 include:

1) “Think outside the box”:

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Have you ever been told to think outside the box – to come up with an unique or creative solution? Why is what’s suggested never good enough? Where is the box? How big is it?

2) “Synergy”:

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If you combine two or more things to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate parts, you’re creating a synergy…or, as it’s more commonly known, working together. It’s appeared on the Apprentice a lot, apparently.

3) “Take it offline”:

If someone wants to connect with you later on, separately from what you’re talking about at the moment, they may ask to take it offline…

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Can’t we just say “chat about it later”?

4) “Skin in the game”:

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If you have a personal stake or investment, you have skin in the game – a phrase coined by Warren Buffett himself.

5) “Bite the bullet”:

If you’re biting the bullet, you’re enduring an unpleasant situation which is unavoidable.

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You could just stop moaning and get on with it…

6) “Touch base”:

This is one of my personal pet hates. Have you ever emailed someone again after a while and they’re happy to “touch base”?

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Sorry, but I don’t want to touch any base of anything, thank you very much…

7) “Drinking the kool aid”:

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Have you ever believed in an idea or a concept without questioning it? Then you’re drinking the kool aid, apparently ’cause you’re totally kool.

8) “Move the needle”:

If you make a noticeable difference in a business metric, you’ve moved the needle.

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Yeah, me neither.

9) “Let’s circle back”:

If you want to discuss something later on, apparently you have to circle back with them.

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See point 3.

10) “Hard stop”:

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A hard stop (the opposite to a soft stop) is a fixed time to end an activity or event, because of a meeting or other event.

Just ask to leave, seriously.

RELATED: 7 Things You Should Never Say to Your Boss (EVER)

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About Laurence Hebberd

Senior Account Manager at Link Humans, a recruitment marketing agency.

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