EFFECTIVE BUSINESS JARGONS

Hello, dear Educall family! We talked about the importance, pros and cons of knowing and using business jargons last week. While using jargons, you should select carefully which will elegantly represent your ideas, not through cliches that will irritate your listener. We looked into hatred jargons, however, we still have a bunch of usable opted jargons. At this point, I would like to remind you why people developed jargons to make you understand the advantages of using jargons. Jargons help create a sense of community. It’s unavoidable that different fields will have their terminology. Musicians play “gigs- live musical performances-” Teachers have “preps- preparations-”. These mutually intelligible languages develop a sense of companionship among those in the same profession. These jargons help us make up big ideas too. We can compare jargons to acronyms concerning the need of use. We don’t want to waste our time by explaining unnecessary details which are presupposed to be known by the listener. Sometimes jargons are shortcuts that make things easier to understand. Moreover, business jargon can be surprisingly efficient in expressing the situation in common words hinted by others. It is annoying to hear yet another corporate suit pushing his or her company to “pivot,” but it’s not only businesspeople who use jargon.  Business jargon is an essential part of all professional communities we’re a part of. So, take it all with a grain of salt: You don’t need to boil the ocean and learn everything. Choose your favourite sayings, and then just be yourself.  Now, let’s learn a few common used jargons!

 

Ballpark figure

It means an approximate number/ figure.  Ballpark figures are commonly used by accountants, salespersons and other professionals to estimate current or future results.

Ex: The boss asked the finance manager a ballpark figure for the profits for this month.

 

Bandwidth

It means the willingness to do something or the physical and mental limit of your working ability.

Ex: I am not sure that they have the bandwidth for a scientific experiment right now.

 

Bleeding edge/Cutting edge

It means over-promising, the newest and most advanced part or position, especially in technology.

Ex: We have bleeding-edge ideas to stay ahead of our competitors.

 

Circle back

It means to talk later.

Ex: I don’t want to explain the whole procedure again, so why don’t we circle back later on?

 

Drill down

It means to look at or examine something in-depth like take a closer look.

You need to drill down in the last year's figures to understand variants.

 

Ducks in a row

It means to organize and prepare everything before tackling a new project.

Ex: You should get your ducks in a row before you go on a journey.

 

In the weeds

It means to be overwhelmed with problems, troubles, or difficulties and occupied with details.

Ex: We are in the weeds, I am not sure how to complete the project on time.

 

Move the needle

It means to make a noticeable difference in something.

Ex: They cancelled advertising the new product when it failed to move the needle in sales.

 

Put lipstick on a pig

It means to make a superficial change that does not affect the core.

Ex: With this little discount on essential products, they are just putting lipstick on a pig.

 

To be on the same page

It means to have the same understanding or to agree with.

Ex: Are we on the same page? Should I end this session?

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