Our choice of words when we’re presenting, says a lot about us as people. The best presenters have a flexible vocabulary that allows them to ‘fit’ the message in terms of level, language and tone to the audience in front of them.
Poor speakers tend to choose jargon, cliches and terms from the word bag marked- ‘corporate tosser’. (Jerk for our US readers). Really poor speakers talk like that at home too. ‘Yes darling, I’m satisfied that your approval rating with the neighbours is rising…’
Here’s a great post from the chaps at ‘Business Insider’ – nope never heard of it either- The Ten Most Annoying Management Terms Of 2011.That we should note.
I particularly loved the ‘weaponise…’ bit. Love the image of a sweaty, fat bloke from Arkansas, rallying the ‘troops’ with the language of the ‘war on terror’.
Here’s last year’s list from the UK for balance and also what our audiences think when we talk such crap.
[box type=”bio”] Also visit Mark Biwwa’s website for pithy thoughts along the same lines. It’s great.[/box]