X

Corporate Speak is Punishable By Death: Part 2

POSTED ON 
November 6, 2008

Drum roll, please! Here's the conclusion of the top 10 words and phrases we'd like to eliminate from all business communications materials: 6. Leverage

I'm really embarrassed to admit this, but I only recently learned that leverage is a noun, not a verb. I've seen it used almost exclusively as a verb throughout my professional career. Besides the fact that it's completely overused, your legal team might also have a problem with its use. All good reasons to avoid it. 7. Synergy

If you've ever seen the movie "In Good Company," you might have an idea of why this word made the list. I used to like synergy until I saw it used the 500th time - it's another example of a word that lost its original meaning because it's been applied to too many situations. 8. Implement

Must we always "implement changes" or "implement the strategy?" Wouldn't it be easier to "make changes" and "use the strategy?" 9. Innovative

Here's another word I once enjoyed using until every product, every company and every new idea was described as innovative. What's the least innovative thing you can do now? Call your product innovative. 10. Facilitate

I admit that I'm guilty of recently using this word. It rolls off the tongue without me even noticing it. I'm putting a stop to it now - there's absolutely nothing wrong with "leading" a meeting. Read the first five words to avoid like the plague here. If you haven't already seen it, check out this article for more truly terrible corporate-speak terms: BBC Magazine : 50 office-speak phrases you love to hate What are the corporate speak words you love to hate? Tell us about them! Corporate Speak is Punishable By Death: Part 1

Liz Kelly
BRILLIANT INK FOUNDER

You might also like

5 Ways for HR and IC to Get Election Ready

2020 has been a wild ride and the upcoming election is sure to add fuel to the fire. So, as a communicator or human resources professional, what should you do? Check out five ways you can support your people while staying true to your values in a tumultuous time. 

Read more
Ask the DEI Expert: Building Diverse Pipelines & Equitable Systems

Many companies say they want to hire people from more diverse backgrounds, but the problem is most organizations have systems of inequity. We sat down with Dean Delpeache, founder of Strasity, to explore how we can go beyond trainings and do the real work.

Read more
Battery Levels & Mental Health in the Workplace

The effects of the global pandemic, civil unrest, and social isolation are clear and the research backs it: Employees are struggling and companies can and should do more. So how can we better support the mental wellness of our employees? We can start by checking in.

Read more