Sometimes the conference room can feel like a foreign country with all of the tricky terminology being thrown around. Confession: We’ve all done a secret Internet search mid-meeting when someone mentions deliverables (who’s expecting a package?) or low-hanging fruit (thanks, but we’ve already had breakfast).
Get in the know by studying up on these 20 trending business buzzwords – trust us, your boss will be impressed. Bonus: We’re pretty sure this graphic is cute enough to become your new desk decoration.
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Beauty for a Purpose’s Business Buzzwords Dictionary
bandwidth: the energy, time or general mental capacity to deal with a situation
blue sky: the thinking that anything is possible – reach for the sky!
circle back: to re-visit a subject at a later date
deep dive: a more thorough analysis of a given situation
deliverable: a completed task, outcome, product or result
digestible: easy to understand, nice to look at
disruption: an innovation that really shakes things up
ducks in a row: organization (a place for everything, and everything in its place)
evergreen: an idea or story that will stay relevant over time
hard stop: the time when a meeting must end (because you’ve got important things to do!)
lean in: stepping up, pushing forward, and all other terms for being more assertive at work (and yes, you can sit at the table)
learnings: that which has been learned
low-hanging fruit: a person or thing that can be reached or attained with minimal effort
optimization: the process of making something bigger, better, faster, stronger
percolate: to spread an idea
synergy: cooperative interaction between all parties involved — kumbaya!
thought leader: an expert with major credibility in his or her field
unicorn: the holy grail of the business world — passing the billion-dollar value mark
unpack: to examine an idea or concept, piece by piece
UX (user experience): the feeling surrounding one’s engagement with a particular product or service