You Sound OLD! – Stop Saying This at Work




The Baby Boomer generation was born, um…a long time ago and the last ones were born in 1964. Generation X began in 1965 and the last ones were born in 1979. Generation Y (Millennials) were kicked out of the womb, beginning in 1980 with headphones permanently attached (See Justin Beiber). Gen Y is very different than the previous generations. Technology kicked off during their generation and they have had a gadget in their very clean, little iPhone tapping hands for 20 years. Of course we had our gadgets too but, Gen Y eats, sleeps and breathes with theirs. Gen Y loves change, desires it and expects it to happen every six months. As they enter the work force things WILL change, because they demand it. Now that the Baby Boomers are retiring in droves the RV, Golf and Health Industries are the places to put your money. Gen X and Gen Y will be taking over the professional work place.

To paraphrase George Orwell “Civilization is decadent, and our language will cause our collapse. The use of “pretentious diction” demonstrates the speaker can’t communicate, is full of crap or is indifferent.” To assist the Baby Boomers (still in the game) and the Gen X’s here are the vague and pretentious terms you should stop saying today, what Gen Y thinks when you say it and a suggested alternative:

I’m Busy, I have been Busy, or just Busy – Gen Y thinks, “This guy is lying. He is just working.” SUGGEST: Saying you’re busy is like saying “How about the weather?” Tell the truth, be open and engaging.

No Problem, Done, Got it – Gen Y thinks, “Yeah, This probably isn’t gonna happen.” SUGGEST: Actually making a plan. A more thorough answer about how it will happen.

The Bottom Line is… – Gen Y thinks, “There aren’t any lines in our international community.” SUGGEST: Tell them what you think.

No Offense, But – Gen Y thinks, “This jerk, is going to say something offensive.” SUGGEST: Don’t ever say “No Offense…”, you will sound like the Clippers owner, Donald Sterling.

So, or So… – Gen Y thinks, “This guy is a jerk.” SUGGEST: Never begin a sentence with “So”, it confirms you are a jerk.

Call me – Gen Y thinks, “Text me” SUGGEST: “Call me, don’t text.”

Synergy – Gen Y thinks, “Wait, What? Is that alternative fuel?” SUGGEST: “Work as a Team, Cooperate.”

Best Business Practice – Gen Y thinks, “There is no list, this is from the 80’s.” SUGGEST: Never saying it again, the list of BBP’s does not exist.

At My Old Job…, We use to… – Gen Y thinks, “Whatevs, doesn’t matter everything changed six months ago.” SUGGEST: Never talk about the old job, this is a new job with new stuff. Use experience to make decisions, but don’t talk about the “old job”.

Core Competency – Gen Y thinks, “This dude is a democrat, this used to work six months ago. Is a company competent?” SUGGEST: See the definition of competence.

Corporate Values – Gen Y thinks, “This dude is a republican and very closed minded. Value = cost, so this guy is weird.” SUGGEST: “Corporate Neutrality Rules.”

Empower – Gen Y thinks, “You want me to do this alone? WTH!” SUGGEST: “You can do it, make the choice!”

I’m Not the Smartest/Brightest but – Gen Y thinks, “Here comes advice…” SUGGEST: Skip to the advice.

Team Player – Gen Y thinks, “We are a team? I never did sports.” SUGGEST: “We can do it together or as a group.”

Next-Gen – Gen Y thinks, “I loved that game, I think it was like Half-Life.” or “He is talking about meeeee!” SUGGEST: Say design for the future, iGen, or Generation Z.

Boots on the Ground – Gen Y thinks, “Are we going to war?” SUGGEST: You learn how to use Social Media to Include Twitter/Facetime/Skype/Vimeo.

Five 9’s – Gen Y thinks, “Why didn’t he just say 100%?” SUGGEST: Say “100%”

Too Many Chiefs (Chefs) not enough Indians (cooks) – Gen Y thinks, “This guy is racist, who says, who says Indians.” Or “Who Cooks? What?” SUGGEST: Too many people on oovoo.

Low Hanging Fruit – Gen Y thinks, “I have no idea where fruit grows. Is he talking about Apple?” SUGGEST: “Attack at the iPod level.”

Comparing Apples to Oranges (or Apples) – Gen Y thinks, “Now Im hungry.” SUGGEST: “Comparing Apple to Android (Apple) or Blogging to Facebook (or Blogging)

Phoned it in – Gen Y thinks, “Am I talking too much? Maybe, he didn’t get the email?” SUGGEST: “Remote it in”

Sarcasm – Gen Y thinks, “Isn’t Seinfeld dead?” SUGGEST: Use witty inclusive or self-referential humor.

On my Radar – Gen Y thinks, “WTH is radar?” SUGGEST: Radar is apparently still used in games. – Steve Bilbo




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