Deep-six these fast-track cliches from your output. (Editing).
Avoid the following words and phrases in your writing and speaking if you want to maintain the full value of your communication--that is, if you want your readers and listeners to actually read what you've written and to listen to what you're saying:
* address (when used as a verb in any context except addressing envelopes and audiences)
* at the end of the day
* benchmark (both noun and especially verb)
* best practice
* bottom line
* client focus(ed)
* core competencies
* empower (or empowerment)
* fast track
* game plan
* knowledge base
* out of the loop
* strategic fit
* take that off-line
* think outside the box
* touch base
There's even a game circulating on the internet whose name we'll render as Bullpucky Bingo. It's designed to help energize tedious office meetings and long and boring conference calls. Here's how it's played:
Before your next meeting, prepare a "Bullpucky Bingo" card by drawing a 5" x 5" square. Divide the square into five columns--five across and five down. This will give you 25 one-inch blocks.
Then write one of the words or phrases listed above in each block. When you hear a speaker use one of them, check off the appropriate block.
When you get five blocks checked off horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, stand up and shout "Bullpucky Bingo."
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|Date:||Oct 3, 2002|
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