This term is used as a nice approach to describe an unconventional way of thinking about something. But, as it has been used over and over again, it is has now past the point of no return.
This word was originally a noun, meaning, ‘to apply leverage’. However, the business world has turned it into a verb to describe how a situation can be manipulated to make a particular company more financially secure. Think of it as a see-saw, only your business is the side advancing.
It is all well and good to want to sound eager to your new employer, but saying you’ll give 110% rather than just a good old 100%, is far to cheesy. Also, to ask your staff to give 110% to explain to them how much commitment you need them to make to a project, sounds like you’re asking for far too much from them. The term has now been overused and is frankly, nauseating.
This is used by those of a higher authority to us who want us to do something for them which is considered a task at their level. By doing this, it is seen as though they are helping us, but showing us that they are still in charge, therefore, giving us a slight taste of power and ‘empowering’ us.
This phrase means to make something better. However, do you or anyone else know what the ‘next level’ actually looks like? By saying this to a member of staff, you could utterly confuse them unless you give examples.
Impact has become so popular in the world of business, probably because people don’t understand the difference between ‘effect’ and ‘affect’, so use the term, ‘impact’ instead. It’s basically used to describe how powerful an effect something or someone has had on something or someone else.
Scalable is a term used in business to refer to a project that requires little cost or effort in generating the output. For example, making software is scalable. It requires a lot of work to make, but almost no hassle in releasing onto the internet. The term has become so widely used that it has become more than annoying.
The consulting industry came up with this term to refer to a method that is a cut above the rest as it delivers better results than others similar to it. However, to call it the best, is slightly arrogant, don’t you think?
Many entrepreneurs use this term to describe how life changing their new product will be. The majority of the time it isn’t, but hype is built up dramatically simply by using this irritating business term. Is your product really going to have such a dramatic ‘impact’ (sorry) on us all? Probably not, so please stop using this term.
A window of opportunity is a small space in time when something must get done. If it doesn’t and that small amount of time passes, then the task can NEVER possibly come to light again. This obviously adds a huge degree of stress to any worker who is facing this window of opportunity. However, 9 times out of ten, another opportunity will arise at some point.
Whether we love them or hate them, buzzwords are a big thing in the world of business. They can be a way for those with a business mind to keep those who are not, out of the loop. However, no matter what our own personal feelings are towards them, it’s important for us to learn them so that we can actually understand what some of our colleagues are talking about in the office. The majority of these buzzwords are ridiculous though and if you have any sense, should try to avoid using them in excess or run the risk of sounding like a moron! Here is a list of the top ten most annoying buzzwords currently being used.