Blog: Communication ??

When dealing with Students, we challenge each other for the expressions to use in the current language. Since most were born after the Internet came on the scene, they are not familiar with the list down below. My point is, their language in a bunch of letters and not nearly as colorful, with the clichés below, I grew up with. To me it’s easier to remember a sentence rather than a bunch of letters.

When I got to know one of my favorites young entrepreneurs, I asked him for what is the longest set of letters he uses. He came back with, WITOGGTTM. My response was WOW, and asked, what does it mean. His response was, “what is this old guy going to teach me.” He added sometimes he substituted an F one of the G’s. I get a feeling that this is used every time I start with a young entrepreneur. Well. Anyway, here is the way it used to be, written years ago.

Do we really speak English? All though my career I heard these expressions that may have been understood only by the person spitting them out. In my International experience they really were a detriment. For instance, in a negotiating deal with a Chinese man, our head of sales used the term “Slam Dunk” several years long before Yau Ming, an NBA star become a household word in China. In another experience while at a meeting in Yugoslavia, my ego was crushed when the person heading the other side said, “Would you please let Mr. Peroni  (an Italian on my staff), speak as I understand his English is much better.” Now with the Internet and social networks are creating a new language.

But here are several expressions that can help or confuse a discussion:

  • Man you are in deep yogurt and you are up the creek without a paddle
  • Do I need an instant replay to get the message across?
  • Last month you went 0 for 4 and if you don’t start hitting, I’ll be all over your back when I return
  • You better get a point guard out on the line, and go to a full court press
  • We need an all-out blitz
  • You may luck out this week as it is a slam dunk
  • We may still be in trouble for the month even though the fat lady hasn’t sung yet
  • We may all be in the same boat, but I am not going down with your Titanic
  • In fact, I have an ace in the hole because I got in the lottery round
  • You better hit the bomb, so go for the hail Mary as we are passed the two-minute warning, but don’t think you can see the forest for the trees
  • My heart bleeds for you, but we are not going back to square one
  • You have me climbing the walls and I will be in a bind if you don’t cut the Mustard
  • So this is the acid test and you better come up with a hat trick and go deep or I will be all over you back.

When running a company in Hong Kong, I told my manufacturing manager, “if you don’t straighten out, I will be all over your back.”  Unfortunately, he kept looking over his back as he walked around. Believe it or not we used these often in business situations.