Did you know that there is a Web site devoted to hunting down important-sounding words or phrases and bringing them down to reality? That’s what the fun folks at BuzzWhack.com do every day. Here are a few examples:
POWERPOINT SINGALONG A presentation read verbatim from the slides without observations, notes, comments or asides of any kind. Monotone optional, but not required.
Nominated by Mark Simon
PENCILATOR: Meeting facilitator’s assistant. Person given the “responsibility” of taking notes on the big flip chart during meetings.
Nominated by Steven Whittle
PEANUT-BUTTER SPREAD: The act of taking meager resources (budget, staff, etc.) and spreading them as thin as possible to cover the most projects.
Nominated by Heather Coburn-Schill
MANDATORY FUN: A celebratory business event that holds no interest for you but requires attendance since names are being taken.
Nominated by Chris Lange
And of course: MEETING: Any gathering where minutes are kept but hours are lost.
Nominated by Roxy Gwynn