When we’re coaching we keep tired phrases and euphemisms ‘on our radar’ because they help us to ‘think outside the box’. But most importantly ‘at the end of the day’ they help us to ‘hit the ground running’ and prevent us from going ‘back to the drawing board’ when we explain them to clients. What’s really important about this issue is that it makes clients ‘think outside the box’ when using words – and really the point is therefore a ‘no brainer’ for inclusion in our coaching. The whole issue of hackneyed phrases in today’s vocabulary really is an ‘elephant in the room’ and yet is ‘par for the course’ in lots of presentations.
Sometimes people think these sorts of phrases give them a bigger ‘bang for your buck’ when meeting someone for the first time and they ‘get the ball rolling’, and also when building rapport helps them to compare ‘apples with apples’ and to ‘drill down’ into the listener’s interests. All in all, people often use old cliches because they think they create a ‘win-win’ situation in understanding. But you know, it’s pretty lazy and just an attempt to use ‘low hanging fruit’ in terms of vocabulary.
Anyway, often it’s important for us with a client to ‘circle back around’, ‘take things offline’ and ‘touch base’ after a meeting on this subject, because although we often have a ‘lot on our plate’ and don’t always have the ‘bandwidth’, we do try to get ‘all hands on deck’ on this issue and frankly want to ‘move the goal posts’ on these cliches!!
Or as Lucy Kellaway from the FT said earlier this year “As more people try to sound clever, the standard gets tougher, and before long formerly sensible people start talking absolute rot.” (19.1.15). We rather agree with her – despite the above! If you’re interested take a look at this link: http://www.inc.com/travis-bradberry/please-stop-saying-these-25-ridiculous-phrases-at-work.html?cid=sf01002