Express your self in english business cliches and phrases

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Business English is full of jargon, and reasonably insignificant phrases, which are used everyday. To help you decipher what they may mean, VanSight has collected a list of some of the most common of them.

Here we will put in plain words so as you can apply them in business environment.

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Express your self in english business cliches and phrases

  1. 1. Business cliche and Phrases By VanSight
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  3. 3. Introduction Business English is full of jargon, and reasonably insignificant phrases, which are used everyday. To help you decipher what they may mean, VanSight has collected a list of some of the most common of them. Here we will put in plain words so as you can apply them in business environment.3
  4. 4. Best of BreedExample: If were going to survive in this market, well need to challenge the best ofbreedMeaning: Our service is awful compared to our biggest competitors. Similar: Best inclass.4
  5. 5. BespokeExample: Well develop you a bespoke solutionMeaning: We wont give you the mass market solution - well actuallydevelop something specifically for you.5
  6. 6. Big HitterExample: Im in awe of him- hes a really Big HitterMeaning: Someone powerful within the confines of the company.Variant: hard hitter.6
  7. 7. Blue Sky Thinking Example: Lets start with a blank sheet of paper and do some blue sky thinking and see what happens Meaning: this is similar to thinking out of the box and is supposed to be a situation where you come up with ideas taking into account no preconceptions and not dismissing ideas instantly7
  8. 8. Brain DumpExample: Have a brain dump and see what you come up withMeaning: Brainstorm8
  9. 9. Core CompetenciesExample: We need to focus on our core competencies in order tomaintain our edge in the marketplaceMeaning: What you/your company does well9
  10. 10. Customer CentricExample: We need to be customer centric from now onMeaning: Since ultimately we sell to the customer, we might as welllisten to what theyre saying. Similar: customer driven.10
  11. 11. Cutting EdgeExample: This is cutting edge technology were usingMeaning: This is the most recent version. Slightly less bugs.11
  12. 12. End to EndExample: Lets visualize the process end-to-endMeaning: Lets work out the whole process12
  13. 13. E.T.AExample: Whats the E.T.A. on this report?Meaning: short for Expected time of arrival, ie how long will it take toget it finished.13
  14. 14. First MoverExample: If we launch 3G now, well have first mover advantageMeaning: If we pay massive advertising costs to educate customers about this newdevelopment, well hopefully have the advantage of getting lots of customers. If not, wevepaid to educate people whilst other companies with no ad costs will reap the rewards.14
  15. 15. Going ForwardExample: I think its important that, going forward, you continue tomanage the project pro-actively.Meaning: In the future15
  16. 16. Go To MarketExample: We need to update our go-to-market strategy.Meaning: Cross your fingers16
  17. 17. High levelExample: Remember the more important you are, the more youre concerned withhigh level thinkingMeaning: Similar to the big picture, this is taking an overall view rather than lookingat the nitty-gritty detail17
  18. 18. Joined UpExample: From now on this company will only engage in joined up thinkingMeaning: Looking at things from the wider point of view rather than with anarrow focus18
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