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Do you use these phrases correctly?

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Here at Communication Briefings, we often discourage you from using the latest buzzwords and jargon because they cause confusion and misunderstandings. That said, if you are going to use them, at least, make sure you are using them correctly.

Here are seven that often are misused and the correct definition for each:

Double click down. This means to identify next-level details or dig deeper into a situation to find out more specifics.

Pivot. It can be used in both a negative and positive context. On the positive side, it means to shift one’s focus to a new business opportunity, plan or idea. On the negative side, it means to ignore someone’s statements and quickly move to another, often irrelevant, topic.

Ecosystem. An organization’s network, including employees, suppliers, distributors, customers, competitors, government agencies and so on, that is somehow involved in the delivery of a product or service.

Thought leader. This is a person or organization that is at the head of the pack when it comes to expertise, skills or ideas in a specific industry.

Hit the ground running. People often use this to imply moving forward with enthusiasm or excitement. In fact, it means that you expect a person or team to start without much—or any—ramp-up time.

Dovetail. This one is often used interchangeably with “segue,” although it means “to fit well together or integrate well.”

Singing from the same song-sheet. Don’t use this to mean “we’re in agreement.” It means “we are saying the same thing.”

—Adapted from “Are You a Business Buzzword Abuser? Take the Quiz to Find Out,” James Sudakow, Inc., www.inc.com.

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