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How prevalent is the use of buzzwords in your organization?

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 190,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: How prevalent is the use of buzzwords in your organization

  • Extremely — it seems like everything we say is a buzzword: 25.69%
  • Very — buzzwords creep into normal conversations: 40.39%
  • Somewhat — the occasional buzzword gets thrown around: 27.06%
  • Not at all — we rarely use buzzwords: 6.86%

Words with no meaning. Sure, buzzwords sound great but they get in the way of communicating clearly.  At worst, using buzzwords makes you sound silly or arrogant.  If you want to get your point across, speak simply and directly.  Leave no room for interpretation.  There are some horrible phrases we tend to use and the worst of those buzzwords can make us sound ridiculous.  Find better alternatives.  Your team will appreciate it and you’ll make a much better impression upon those around you.

Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS and author of “One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership.”