Tuesday, September 27, 2005

why businesspeople speak like idiots

Why Business People Speak Like Idiots: A Bullfighter's Guide is the title of our new favorite language book for the workplace. With a great sense of humor -- in chapters like "Pick Up the Damn Phone" and "The Smartest People Use the Dumbest Words" -- the authors have pulled together a terrific guide for presentations, memos, even conversations. The team responsible for the book also created Bullfighter, a software program that can analyze your writing (or someone else's) for known jargon. Check out the book's Website here to find excerpts, a free download of the Bullfighter software, and the "mystery matador" service, which helps you send a jargoneer an anonymous email showing how his obfuscations stack up when analyzed with Bullfighter. May office memos and our next presentations never be the same again.

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