Will someone please tell me why so many business execs are obsessed with buzzwords?
Is it their egos? Are they trying to convince others they are smarter than they really are? Is it ignorance? Or do they simply not care?
I ran across another outrageous example this past week in a press release from Tribune Publishing, which was announcing a name change to tronc. (The new name doesn’t have any capital letters, which is probably a big hint.)
Here it is:
tronc’s strategy “is focused on leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve the user experience and better monetize our world-class content in order to deliver personalized content to our 60 million monthly users and drive value for all of our stakeholders.”
If that’s your idea of communicating clearly, you should stop reading now.
I’ve been on a crusade against needless buzzwords for years. I wrote a book on them in 2006, and I wrote a fun post last year – 15 Buzzwords That Don’t Really Mean What You Think They Do.
Yet I see examples like this almost every day – even in inter-office memos.
It’s puzzling. Maybe the #1 thing you can do to be successful in business is to communicate clearly.
Believe it or not, really smart people actually appreciate your ability to communicate clearly without all of the distracting buzz language. And the not-so-smart folks actually appreciate knowing what you’re saying.
Ok, rant over.
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Yours in success,