Insights for Working Virtually

This blog is for anyone who communicates in-person or virtually in the business world.

This blog is for anyone who communicates in-person or virtually in the business world.

Pull the Plug on Idioms, Acronyms and Jargon

Pull the Plug on Idioms, Acronyms and Jargon

The first rule in presenting or speaking is to be clear. If you are not clear, I need you to put a sock in it. I don't mean to give you a taste of your own medicine and I don't have an axe to grind, but it's the last straw. We use far too many idioms (figures of speech), acronyms (abbreviations using initials) and jargon (vocabulary specific to a group) in our presentations and meetings. We are increasingly working with virtual teams that are culturally and geographically diverse.  Speaking this way won't cut the mustard ... sorry ... won't provide enough clarity to be clearly understood.

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Leading a virtual team? Think treaty.

Leading a virtual team? Think treaty.

Envision your team sitting in various seats in a large banquet room. Each member has a small empty teacup. You have a very large kettle of boiling water and your job is to make your way around the room ensuring that their cups are full. You have ten minutes to complete the task. Before you begin, imagine that you are blindfolded. Is the task now impossible? What would you have to do differently to complete the task?

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