Time for a moody Monday list.
Today: Words/phrases to banish, or, at the very least, avoid:
* Starting a sentence, in conversation, with “So.” When did this happen? Why does everyone in their 30s now do this? Happens in my interviews all the time.
Me: “Describe your job to me.”
Them: “So what I do is….”
* Troop, in reference to a single military unit, i.e. person
* Police unit, in reference to a single police car or person
* Thank you in advance
* Hand picked/Hand selected
* Gone missing/Went missing
* At the end of the day…
* Entitled, when referring to the title of something. “The book is entitled…”
* Overuse of “capital,” i.e. human capital, thought capital, etc.
* Overuse of curator, i.e. web curator, design curator, food curator, etc.
* Best practices
* Circle back
* “___” is the new black
* Wheel house
* Overuse of large verbs and “relationship.” “I excel at facilitating relationships.” I don’t believe anyone who says that.
* Engaged, engaging, engagement as it refers to work.
* Green belt/anything Six Sigma
* Low-hanging fruit
* Core competency
* Any phrase with “fail”
* Any phrase with “epic”
* To “socialize” an idea
* Any use of “party” as a verb. Particularly, “sorry for partying.”
* “Big-girl panties”
Now you go. What phrases would you like to put in front of a death panel?