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Strategic swearing

I use this tool in meetings all the time, in fact, we actually train people on the value of it. I simply slip in a subtle "shit" near the beginning of the meeting e.g.

"Yeah, the weekend was great thanks, although the weather was a bit shit"

I generally say the shit part in that loud whispery tone, with the mouth stretched wide and the eyebrows raised, you know the one.

Then a funny thing happens, everyone else sees they have permission to swear, everyone else does, everyone relaxes and speaks in a fashion more conducive to strategic conversation, and I get the work. Really. Try it.

(if they don't take the bait, it's happened once or twice, you leave it at that and no-one minds).

If people swear at home, it means it's what they do when they're being themselves, real business happens when people start being themselves.

Make it fucking happen.

This post, is dedicated to Rose...!

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Shit, now the secret's out...!
You're 100% correct, Polite Lingo often screws up efficient (and effective) communication.
Let's drop the crap, and communicate intelligently!

Posted by: Martin | 7 Jan 2005 07:52:09

And if people use profanity to express themselves, we might actually see a decline in the 'jargon-wars' that clutter and extend every business meeting.

That'll be a blessing.

Posted by: D'ave | 10 Jan 2005 10:56:23

yip you are right you fucking wanking poesklap....!

Posted by: rooibos | 10 Jan 2005 14:40:45

good one! you nailed it! :D

Posted by: ivan | 10 Jan 2005 21:40:25

I recently had a bit of a running altercation with a PC supplier about a defective piece of equipment that turned out not to be defective. I had to eat humble pie phoning the techie back, and I just said "I'm really sorry, I feel like a complete *doos*" I think that got the point across, he laughed and was immediately cool about it. Choosing one's cuss-words wisely can definitely help to break the ice :-)

Posted by: Colin | 12 Jan 2005 23:45:06