by Brett Nelson
Whether you’re looking to impress your boss, enchant a few clients, inspire your team, or just put the job in healthy perspective, a few thoughtful quotations can come in handy.
This collection is inspired by Forbes’ second-annual Jargon Madness tournament, featuring 32 of corporate America’s most annoying buzzwords, clichés and euphemisms. Click here to vote in today’s daily matchup.
Our advice: Ditch the jargon and try these timeless turns of phrase instead.
Annoying jargon to avoid: Thought leadership (n.) Grossly indulgent slang for plain ol’ “expertise.”
Relevant quotations on wisdom:
I know several thousand things that won’t work. – Thomas Edison
Men are wise in proportion not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience. – George Bernard Shaw
Annoying cliché: Rock star (n.) Abused term of endearment for talented employees who may or may not use lots of cocaine.
Flattery is alright—if you don’t inhale. – Adlai Stevenson
I can live for two months on a good compliment. – Mark Twain