Public speaking gobbledygook is creeping onto the conference podium as office jargon becomes more pervasive and impenetrable. It’s a problem for speaker and audience alike.
New research by the Institute of Leadership and Management presents the annoyance experienced by office workers when they hear bosses and colleagues using management-speak and office jargon. The survey of 2,000 UK-based office workers found a number of aggravations in the modern workplace, including language and jargon.
A non-proliferation speech in Tokyo by Secretary of State John Kerry managed to proliferate the English language with a seven syllable howler…denuclearization. The fact that he stumbled over the word as he gave his speech at the Institute of Technology suggests it’s a mouthful for anyone.
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt gushed his way through his panelist session on the Next Big Thing panel a the the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. His mixture of management-speak and techno-babble was enough to baffle the hardiest of technophiles.