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Chapter 4.3 Language Can Be an Obstacle to Communication

Video: Office Jargon by Nina Millns

Okay, guys, let’s get started, shall we?

Right, I’ve called this all-hands meeting to get about a FaceTime with you as I think it’s very important we’re all singing from the same hymn sheet. We need to bring up our batting average and gain some traction. Darren, the ball’s in your court.

Thanks, Sheila, yeah. We need to put our best foot forward here. A multi-agency approach is what’s needed, or so they are thinking, so I am reaching out to our colleagues across the pond to touch base and fly it up the flagpole, and see which way the wind blows this, and hope they get into bed with us.

Alight Susan?

Well, with all due respect, Sheila all that glitters isn’t gold. We need to be careful not to just reinvent the wheel here. I mean, don’t try and boil the ocean, if we want to play hardball, we need income, not ifcome.

You cannot make an omelet without cracking some eggs.

You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

No, and you can’t polish a turd.

I think you are barking up the wrong tree here. Look, we all know there is an elephant in the room here. A certain someone has been dipping their pen in the company ink, and I would just like to remind them not to get their meat where they make their bread.

We’re not interested in your ear jobs, Terry.

Look, stop me if I’m driving beyond my headlights here, but it feels like we’re rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic. You can’t just put your finger in the wind and call it due diligence.

That’s the way the cookie crumbles.

Listen, we’re not blame-storming here, guys.

No, but some of us need to eat a reality sandwich.

Sheila, can I stuff an idea in your thinker?

You can hum a few bars for me.

I might be skiing off-piste, but maybe some blue sky thinking is what’s needed.
We need to make sure we have a dog in this fight because there’s brownie points to be had if you don’t mind jumping through some hoops.

Could be another feather in your cap.

This is where the rubber meets the road, people, we’re getting to the point where we either fish or cut bait on this one.

Stan, what do you think?

Well, um. I don’t want to rub anyone’s rhubarb, but I think that it’s always better to kill two cats with one umbrella and…then putting socks on octopuses, and then… if it ain’t broken, then don’t kick it because the world’s your Lobster, so.




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