At work, business jargon may seem like it will make you sound knowledgeable. However, avoiding jargon and speaking simply may ultimately command more respect.
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Geoffrey James of weblog Inc. James points out why overdosing on jargon can make you look bad:
Jargon (aka “biz-blab”) consists of hijacking normal words and using them in odd ways to make them sound “businessy.” Example: “We’re reaching out to our customer advocates to leverage a dialogue on….” While others who speak fluent biz-blab might not take notice or care, everyone else cringes and rolls their eyes.
Fix: Use words as they’re defined in the dictionary. Example: “We’re contacting our customers to discuss….” That way, you’ll sound more like a professional and less like a cartoon businessperson.
Don’t make a bad impression by trying to sound like you know everything — just be straightforward and to the point.