Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Just For Fun . . .

Here's a fun activity: Next time you meet with businesspeople who use a lot of jargon, ask them to define a few of the words you don't understand. I'm serious, tell them to speak slowly, then write as they talk.

If they can accomplish the task, put the definitions in your pocket until you have an internet connection. Then check it on Google. See what happens. You may be surprised.

I write this because I realized that yesterday's post was incomplete. Sometimes it is tough to learn business language because people who are supposed to know it use it incorrectly. They define things incorrectly. They mix up definitions. Sometimes they use words they don't understand.

It's too bad. But it is reality. Be aware that it happens, and don't be afraid to ask questions.

The brightest and the most honest businesspeople will be happy to help you understand. The dishonest or incompetent will be less helpful.

Either way, you'll learn something important.