Presentation Language. It’s Your Choice

By Andrew Ivey

May 02

When it comes to presentation language you have a choice. Do you choose clear and precise or unintelligible? Straightforward or hidden meaning?

Presentation language

Your choice of presentation language. Office jargon anyone?

At first sight you would pick clear, precise and straightforward every time. And your choice would be driven by your need for clear communication in your presentation.

But there's something else at work.

Look Out: Jargon Ahead

Because it's at this very stage that our choice of presentation language is compromised by office jargon, office speak or management speak.

Jargon. It has two forms. It's either that form of words that is absolutely unintelligible to your audience. Or it's a language that binds together a group of work mates in the business or the office. Either way the resulting language is both excruciating and a barrier. Because it's a barrier to comprehension. And that's not good for your presentation.

So it's a great help when someone flags up this form of presentation language and takes it to the next level...

On this occasion the team at National Pen has come to help us. They have produced an excellent infographic on office jargon. It covers many of the perennial favourites plus a few more you'd want to avoid in your next presentation. Scroll down to follow all the buzzwords, the jargon and office speak.

The Landscape of Office Jargon - Infographic

This is definitely the office jargon that's most often cited during one of our presentation courses. Thank you to National Pen for a fun presentation infographic.

Improve Your Presentation Language

You can, of course, always discover plenty of presentation tips with our regular series of tips for speakers and presenters everywhere. And with more than 100 top tips, podcasts and videos available, there really is something for every event. Plus, when you want to boost your presentation skills that bit further, why not have some training? Because a well-timed course might be just the tonic for your next presentation. So, when the time is right, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


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About the Author

The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK.

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