I hate meetings. Despise them. And I don’t mean one-off meetings that you have when meeting somebody for the first time. I’m talking about the recurring meetings that would pop up in my calendar in my previous life when I was in full-time work. The Monday morning meeting. The Wednesday afternoon meeting. And then the Friday meeting. They drove me insane. I know I’m not alone when I say that these kinds of meetings are, for the most part, tedious and pointless. I read once that some people would conduct their meetings standing up, which I thought was pure genius!
In a galaxy far, far away, when I worked in recruitment, there was a game that went around called Buzzword Bingo. I don’t recall having ever actually played this game, but in my head, anytime I heard a buzzword or buzzphrase I would make a mental note of it. Words or phrases such as:
- Cherry picking;
- Moving forward;
- Take that offline;
- Slippery slide
- Touch base.
The list is endless and can vary from industry to industry. Whatever industry you're in, there was a perception that if you used these words, you were...how do you say it. Well, you were considered a bit of a wanker. And seriously – I wish somebody had actually provided bingo cards in our meetings, I think I would have paid more attention.
Re-entering the workforce and having some meetings recently, I found myself going to use some of these buzzwords and being physically unable to get them out of my mouth. On the fly, I replaced “touch base” (which is what I went to say) with “give you a call”.
But the buzzword bingo of yesterday would be vastly different today, surely. All my bingo words would date me back to when Friends was on TV every Tuesday night at 7:30pm.
So could you please enlighten me. What are the buzzword/phrases of today?