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Please stop saying these 25 (ridiculous) phrases at work!

Please stop saying these 25 (ridiculous) phrases at work!

Excerpted from Travis Bradberry

Euphemisms first surfaced to help people deal with touchy subjects that were difficult to talk about. Before long, they morphed into corporate buzzwords that expanded and took over our vocabulary until our everyday conversations started sounding like they were taking place on another planet:

Listen Ray, I don't have the bandwidth for it with everything that's on my plate, but ping me anyway because at the end of the day it's on my radar and I don't want to be thrown under the bus because I didn't circle back around on this no-brainer.

I understand the temptation. Catchphrases make you feel clever but they can also annoy the hell out of people.

My company has tested the emotional intelligence of more than one million people. One of the biggest need areas for most people is social awareness. Most of us are so focused on what we're saying and what we're going to say next that we lose sight of how our words affect other people.

Give this list a read (then circle back!)

Think of how often you use these phrases. See if you can catch yourself before you use them again. Have some fun with it, because at the end of the day if you don't hit the ground running you can always go back to the drawing board and get the ball rolling ...

At the end of the day

Back to the drawing board
Hit the ground running
Get the ball rolling
Low-hanging fruit
Throw under the bus
Think outside the box
Let's touch base
Get my manager's blessing
It's on my radar
Ping me
I don't have the bandwidth
No brainer
Par for the course
Bang for your buck
Move the goal post
Apples to apples
Circle back around
All hands on deck
Take this offline
Elephant in the room
On my plate

At AKC Marketing, we can find the words to help you tell your story in a fresh, new way. Along with great design, PR, media buying expertise – whatever you need. It’s a win-win (sorry, we had to include one phrase off the list!)

Dr. Travis Bradberry is co-author of the No. 1 best-selling book Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and co-founder of TalentSmart, a leading provider of emotional intelligence tests.


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