Product: Part 1

Exactly when did I start “delivering a product” to my clients? Can someone please, please explain to me the overuse of business jargon in everyday life?

It is incredibly frustrating to hear people, even drill sergeants, talk about “the product they deliver.”

more later, now I have afternoon coffee.

update:  It’ll be another post.

6 thoughts on “Product: Part 1

  1. I prefer the answer I gave on my email. But I see the comedy in jenga. But dear god man, you do not know where those blocks of wood were!

  2. I’m keeping a list at my desk of business jargon that my boss overuses. It has turned something extremely annoying into a fun game. This weeks most used terms:
    -She tells people to “ping” her (im).
    -She leaves messages for people and asks them to give her a “buzz back.”

    You’d better be working hard on delivering that product after your coffee kicks in.

  3. There’s a made-up term for authors that look good on TV that drives me crazy: mediagenic.

    Just say “People will buy his books because he’s hot.” Okay, it’s a few more syllables, but still.

    I blame all the motivational speakers/seminars/videos/books for the glut of jargon we’re seeing these days. Seems like I have to sit through at least one a year, and they all seem to call the quality of services you render your product, not the thing you’re actually selling. This is probably because they’re not always going to be talking to people that sell physical products (like me) and, y’know, still need a reason to get paid to go talk to the people who help other people for a living (like you).

    However, I still get reports about what percentage of my sales goal I’ve reached every month, and never seem to see the reports telling me where I am on the being-nice-to-my-customers chart.

    That could be because my percentage of awesome is OFF THE CHARTS.

  4. I have a real problem with it as well. Marketing and business terms are worming their way into the museum world, and I hate it. These words describe something that is bought and sold. As a non-profit institution, we are here to provide a service FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD, not to make money. If we start thinking in business terms about everything, we’re not really doing that anymore.

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