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 at the the Consumer Electronics Show(CNET) in Las Vegas. His mixture of management-speak and techno-babble was enough to baffle the hardiest of technophiles.