10 most used Corporate Jargons in the business world – Business English Lesson

10 most used Corporate Jargons in the business world – Business English Lesson

Hi friends I’m Rachna and today’s class is
about corporate jargon. Now what are jargons? A jargon is
a word or an expression used by professionals and well more often than not, we don’t understand
what they mean when they use these jargons. Well, so IT people have their own jargons,
people who are marketers have marketing jargons and when they use it with their co-workers,
they understand exactly what they mean, but maybe you and I won’, okay. So, today we are
going to look at common jargons that we use in our day to day work life. The first on
is, to be on the same page. Now, to be on the same page doesn’t mean that you’re literally
on the same page, but it means to have the same amount of understanding or to agree with
someone. okay. Now supposing I am proposing an idea in in a meeting and I suggest something,
and I look at a colleague of mine and say, “Are you in the same page?” okay. That means
I’masking him if he agrees with me or does he feel the same or does he have you know
are we like minded on this point. So when you ask someone, “Are you on the same page?”,
you’re actually asking if they agree with you or if they have the same understanding
as you do. Now supposing a mother is telling her child
something and he really does not follow it, she tells him, “We’re not on the same page.
Now listen carefully to what I’m telling you.” That means she’s asking him to understand
or to agree with her, okay. So remember, to be on the same page means to have the same
amount of understanding or to agree with someone, okay. The next jargon is ball park figure.
Now, a ballpark figure is a tentative number or say an approximate number or a figure.
This is very commonly used by sales professionals, accounts and basically all the people who
deal with numbers all the time, okay. Now supposing I order five coffee vending machines
for my office and I ask him to give me a discount. So, I really need to know how much I’m gonna
pay him. So I tell him, “After discount, how much do I need to pay you?” okay, what’s my
bill amount? And he tells me, “Ma’am, I’ve not calculated the exact amount after discount,
but well the ballpark figure is say five hundred dollars, okay. That means he’s giving me an
approximate number, okay. So many time you hear uh sales uh you know the sales head or
the departmental head asking his team, “So how much have you all achieved this month?
Have you all achieved your targets?” So people uh generally have not calculated the exact
figure, but they do give him a ballpark figure. That means uh you know just a tentative or
an approximate number. So it’s not the exact number or figure, but somewhere close to that
number or figure. SO a ballpark figure means an approximate number or figure, okay. The
next jargon is bandwidth. Oh, this is not the one we talk about when we uh express the
rate of data transfer. When we use it in our work life, you know on day to day basis, we
use it to say the willingness to do something, or the physical or the mental stamina or the
ability to do something. Now supposing I have a lot of projects in my hand and my boss gives
me one more, okay an additional one, I tell him, “Sir, honestly I do not have the bandwidth
to take on a new project. That means I mentally or physically just cannot take on a new project,
okay or sometimes you have a manager allocating uh or allotting work to his junior and tells
him, “Do you have the bandwidth to complete this by tomorrow evening?” That means hes’s
asking his subordinate if he has the ability, if if you know the physical or the mental
ability of completing the work by tomorrow evening, okay. So the the jargon used is-
do you have the bandwidth to complete this by tomorrow evening, right? So remember it
means the physical or the mental ability of working, okay. The next one is circle back.
Well, very simple. Circle back means talk later. Now suppose I am extremely busy and
I get a call, uh you know probably uh making plans for the Christmas party at in the office.
So I say , “I’m busy right now, could we circle back later on?” Okay, that means could I talk
later. So I’m really busy right now, I can’t speak on this right now. Could I circle back
or could we circle back later. That means could we discuss this later. So when you wanna
talk about something later, you always use the expression circle back, okay friends.
Well, the next one is face time. Well, face time simple, in person meeting. That means
a face to face meeting, okay. So I could say that John has requested for some face time
with the CEO of the company next week. That means he has requested for some time to meet
in person. To meet whom? The CEO of the company, okay. Well, I wish you and I could have some
face time. You know learning English would be lot more fun. Fine, so face time means
in person meeting, a face to face exchange. Well, the next one is leverage. This is the
most common jargon used in our corporate lives. It means to take maximum benefit or advantage
of something, okay. So well, every organisation needs to leverage its key resources. That
means every organisation needs to take maximum benefit or advantage of its key resources
right, to be successful. Well, sometimes we are in a situation where uh we leverage on.
That means we take maximum benefit or advantage . So you see the situation is going to work
in your favor and you act accordingly, that means you are leveraging on the situation.
So when you leverage it means you take maximum benefit or advantage of a situation or something,
it could be a company leveraging its resources, right. So this is the most common jargon used
in corporate world. Well, the next one is phone tag. Now phone tag, obviously the word
phone has uh got to do with telephone. Now a phone tag is when two people are trying
to contact each other over the telephone, okay, and they always happen to miss each
other’s call. So supposing I call a client of mine and he’s not at his desk, I leave
a voicemail and when he calls me back, I’m not at my desk and then he leaves a voicemail
and very often this exchange happens where we are just unable to get in touch with each
other over the phone. So, it’s a very common situation, okay and that is the time I’m gonna
say finally when I get him on the phone, I’m gonna tell him, ” We’ve been playing phone
tag since morning.” Okay, so playing phone tag means we’ve been trying to get in touch
with each other okay, but the situation just does not permit to. Okay. Fine, so phone tag
is a situation where two people try to reach out to each other over the phone, but both
are busy and they always happen to miss each other’s call, fine? The next one is piggyback.
Now, the word piggyback actually means to carry someone on your back shoulders okay,
like you have uh you know a father carrying his lil girl on the back and playing, so you
piggyback. But well when you use it in your corporate life, that means you actually steal
someone’s idea without giving no credit to the person. Now supposing I overhear a colleague
uh talking about a nice marketing plan and you know it’s his idea, it’s his great mind
and I kind of feel I should steal it and propose the same thing in the meeting, so I piggyback
on his idea and make a similar proposal so I get the credit. So people are going to get
really impressed by what I said or suggested as a marketing plan . But if you go to see,
it is not original my idea, I have stolen it from a colleague, alright? So that means
I piggybacked on his idea and proposed the same in the meeting. So well friends, a very
wrong thing to do, don’t piggyback, okay, because it’s it’s rude it’s mean to steal
people’s ideas and thoughts and take the credit for it, alright, because it’s really not your
idea. So let people have theirs. So that is what piggyback means, okay. So imagine in
the meeting when I propose the same, he’s going to know she piggybacked this from me
and probably Rachna just overheard me saying it. So well, don’t piggyback, okay. Well the
next one is per se. Now per se means in itself or by itself. Okay, now uh we usually use
this expression ‘per se’ when we talk about a particular thing in its own or on its own.
Now supposing a colleague of mine sang at the Christmas party, and well, it didn’t go
too well, so I tell her, “The song er se was nice, but your voice was pathetic.” I won’t
say patheic, but your voice wasn’t up to the mark, okay. When I say the song per se was
nice, I mean to say the song by itself was fabulous. Her choice of song was fantastic,
in itself the song was brilliant but her voice was not that great. Probably it was cracking
or he had a real bad cold, so I’m gonna say per se, okay. So uh well, sometimes uh I do
tell a friend of mine, “the dress that you’re going to wear is beautiful.” So the dress
per se is lovely , but the way you carry it matters. That means the dress by itself is
a very beautiful piece, but the way you carry it at the party is completely up to you. So
use per se, okay. Or sometimes we have a fool,uh you know a foolproof plan. So I’ll say well
the plan per se is foolproof, but how the team executes it, is a different story altogether.
That means the plan by itself is excellent, okay, but how they execute it is a different
story altogether. So when you abut something that is small, a single element from a bigger
thing or when you wan to talk about a thing or anything particular on its own, by itself
or in itself, you use the expression per se, okay. Oh, the last one seamless. Now seamless
means without any seams, okay. It means smooth or it means without any interruptions, without
any gaps, okay. Okay. Now what is a seam? A seam is when, for example, I have a fabric
and another fabric and then there are stitches in between, right, so you can see it. There’s
a seam. So seamless is exactly opposite. It’s smooth, you can’t make out. If there’s a problem
you just can’t make out. Now for example, uh my boss gives me a very difficult and a
very challenging task to do and I do it beautifully, okay. Of course I did have my issues, I did
face uh you know uh, it was very daunting and it was challenging, but the outcome was
fabulous. He’s going to compliment me and say by saying, “You did a seamless job.” You
know, that means it was so beautifully done, so smooth and so well done without any difficult,
without any interruption, maybe without bothering him, right? So he’ll say, “Rachna, you did
a seamless job.” Now for example, uh you know, there’s this actress giving this really challenging
shot in font of the camera, and she hopes that she does it one go and she actually does.
The director is going to praise her and say, “Wow! That’s a sheam seamless shot you gave.”
Okay, that means it was beautiful, you brought out the emotions without any difficulty, without
any interruptions, maybe without any retakes, okay. So that is the way we use seamless.
When something is performed smoothly, without you know without any difficulty or interruption,
we use the word seamless. Alright friends, well these are the ten corporate jargons for
today. I hope you enjoyed learning them. I’m sure you’re going to use them now. I’ll be
back soon with a new lesson, till then take care and bye

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  1. 18>Minuttes, I mean really! this video doesn't even wroth 4 minutes you can easily watch at 2x. I am gonna unsubscribe because these professionals have no sense of humor.

  2. In my honest opinion, Bandwidth means 'Capacity' or 'availability of resources'. When a manager says I don't have enough bandwidth for a task, he means – I I do not have enough resources or current resources are not enough to complete the task. I don't have enough bandwidth can also mean i don't have enough time.

  3. Thank you so much, Rachna. I didn't know the majority of these jargons and their meanings. I have read some of them, but I didn't know their meanings. See you next time.

  4. I love your lessons.U are explaining so good.I am from Armenia and I easily understand your lessons.Thank u so much.

  5. Thanks for providing such wonderful series of videos !!!
    In this video while explaining piggyback you said "WITHOUT GIVING NO CREDIT"
    Is it just a slip of tongue or correct expression ???

  6. Rachna you really make English much easier,why dont you make a series of videos about phrasal verbs i find it really difficult

  7. JARGON is an UNCOUNTABLE noun and CANNOT be used in the plural. Besides, jargon is a type of language and not synonymous with 'slang, expression'.

  8. JARGON ( which is a type of language and NOT a single slang expression) is an UNCOUNTABLE noun and CANNOT be used in the plural! What a blunder!!!

  9. JARGON ( which is a type of language, NOT a slang expression) is an UNCOUNTABLE noun and CANNOT be used in the plural. What a blunder!

  10. Its so very helpful to me. Because, I have a report in my subject in English. And my topic is Corporate Jargon. Thank you foir providing me some examples in Corporate Jargo 🙂

  11. Rachna, you used the word Makeout. But it was not appropriate for your statement. Its an adult word. Overall session was awesome. Thanks.

  12. the explanation per se is good but however, the noise that comes when you write on boars is something that needs attention. pls eliminate that noise.

  13. I work in IT and I would disagree about the use of jargon – in IT jargon is very precise and is a means on condensing a lot of information.
    So in IT the word 'bandwidth' has a very specific meaning while in business jargon 'bandwidth' is extremely imprecise and can mean pretty much whatever you want it to mean.
    Business jargon is meaningless and makes managers and directors look like complete idiots in front of intelligent people.

  14. special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand.

  15. Use of Jargon in workplace is professional. These are not unprofessional terms. That is the difference between jargon and slang.

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