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Are you thinking outside of the box whilst pushing the envelope?

Box Envelope

So come on who has heard these two phrases ad nasaeum, or maybe even used them!  Is it just me or are some of these phrases just used for the sake of using them and do people even know what they mean?

Another of my all time favourites and it seems to be doing the rounds at the moment is “No brainer”.  Okay I know what it means but come on people please think of a new one.

The other word I find that is overused is bespoke.  Are you actually doing something that is unique for your customer or are you just trotting that out so that it looks like you are.  You will get found out if you are.  When I speak to someone who I want to do business with I will be able to tell whether they are going to tailor their product to me or not. 

Everything seems to be a journey these days.  For example, when the Strictly Come Dancing celebrities are asked about their time on the show they say “It has been an incredible journey”, I thought a journey was when you went on holiday, or at least it used to be.

Have you ever been in a meeting where someone says “We need to diary up as we need some FaceTime”  – Excuse me – Do you mean can we arrange a meeting, if so then why not say so.

Here are some more quirky sayings, some are okay but others sound just plain silly to me.

Moving the goal posts

Put this one to bed

Take it offline

Bring out the big guns

Close of play

Tipping Point

Bring to the table

Joined up thinking

Not enough bandwidth

Strategic staircase

Reinventing the wheel

Pick up and run with it

Off piste

Turnkey solution

Win win

Who has been watching something on television and heard the person being interviewed say, “I gave it 110%” – really how do you do that.  There is no such thing, it is 100% full stop.

Another quirky one I have heard of is “Blue Sky Thinking” – do people think this makes them sound more intelligent? 

And finally, my all time favourite (and I have no idea what it means) is “Grabbing the low hanging fruit”! – If you know please leave me a comment and tell me. 

So next time you are in a meeting or networking see how many of these sayings you hear and I bet a smile creeps across your face.

Anyway must go as I now have to give 110% to my blue sky strategic staircase thinking!

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How Social Media has changed the Game in Education

This week our guest blogger is Katie Ashford.  Katie graduated from the University of Warwick. She has since worked as an English teacher and leader of SEN intervention in the West Midlands. She is a Teach First Ambassador* and her vision for education is that all children, regardless of ability or background, should be able to enjoy and have their lives enriched by the written and spoken word.  Her passion for literature stems from her own reading as a child, which encouraged her to join the teaching profession. Katie has spoken at national research and education conferences and has lectured PGCE students at the University of Birmingham. She has written for various websites and the Times Education Supplement, and has co-authored two books about teaching. Katie is relocating to London to join the Michaela team, and is excited to work at what will become a leading school in the UK.

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