Tag Archives: I Don’t Get It

I Don’t Get It – Automated Voice Messaging

How often does this happen to you? When calling a business or colleague, you hear ‘Your call is being forwarded to an automated voice messaging system … 475 338-0298 is not available … ‘

I Don’t Get It! While short and harmless, these recordings can subtly imply characteristics about the business or person: Read More »

I Don’t Get It – Vague References

I don’t get why so many workplace communicators still prefer vague words or phrases. Whether the choice is conscious or not, ‘specific beats vague’ every time. Read More »

I Don’t Get It – Voice Messaging Systems

Has this ever happened to you. After placing a call to a business, you hear … ‘Your call has been forwarded to an automated voice messaging system … 376 398-4008 is not available. At the tone, please leave a message … ‘ Read More »

‘I Don’t Get It!’ – Holding Notes

Recently, a reader asked my opinion of holding speaker notes with two hands. I Don’t Get It, because I discourage the habit. It limits natural-looking gesturing, especially with notes in hand. Read More »

I Don’t Get It – Noun Phrases

Here’s my newest rant in the Workplace Writing Power Points category. I don’t get why people still use lame noun phrases. So, let me challenge some word use habits, like this one carried over from those 500-word essay days in high school. Read More »

I Don’t Get it – Elevator Pitches

Some of my business friends hate the Elevator Pitch concept and refuse to do them. While I do like the concept, I don’t get the name. Read More »

I Don’t Get It – 3 x 5 Note Cards

A reader recently asked me about using 3 x 5 note cards to hold speaker notes. I don’t get 3 x 5 cards … at all! Read More »

I Don’t Get it – Work/Life Balance

My rant this month is about a cliché we all hear and many of us use – ‘Work/Life Balance’. I understand the concept but I Don’t Get … the words used. So please humor this incurable wordsmith a little. Read More »

Ain’t Nothing’ Soft About It

Allow me another ‘I Don’t Get It’ rant. This time …  I Don’t Get ‘Soft Skills’. Read More »

I Don’t Get It – ‘No Problem’

I don’t get why so many people respond to ‘Thank you.’ with ‘No Problem.’ today. Read More »

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