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Business writing: 7 phrases to ban

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in Career Management,Workplace Communication

Fancy-schmancy business-speak does not make for strong business writing.

With that rule in mind, an editor for HarvardBusiness.org suggests banning these words and phrases from your writing:

1. As well as. You can almost always use “and” instead.

2. People manager. As opposed to a “non-people manager”?

3. Value add. Saying, “What’s the value add?” is sometimes a way of covering for the fact that you don’t understand.

4. Take away. You take away food in a to-go bag.

5. At the end of the day.
It’s everywhere, yet it’s usually just filler. One source says it's the most written cliche.

6. Out of pocket. People increasingly use it when they are unreachable, on vacation or away from their BlackBerrys. Instead, just say “away.”

7. Individual. It’s often used to create distance between the speaker and the actual person. For example, instead of “We value the individual,” say, “We value the people who work here.”

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