By Nicola Smith
Jul 12, 2018

The Dummie’s Guide to “Talking Business”

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It is tough to know what to say and when to say it, especially to more mature or wise audiences. This is why getting to loosely use some business-type phrases may actually prove a game plan for long-term employability. These phrases could even be helpful when trying to relate to every second BMS student you come across on campus. Who knows—one of these phrases might just impress that accounting graduate at a party, help to prove a point, gain some kudos? After all, life is all about selling yourself—so, let’s do just that.

  • “What is your current take on [insert new policy]?“ This is a great lead-in to talking about any new policy that no-one really understands, while forcing someone else to lead the conversation.
  • “I think we are all on the same page.” This is a more intelligent way to say “I agree” and sums up a conversation to transition into a new one.
  • “I hear what you’re saying, but our bottom line is very clear on this one.” Basically, bottom line means this is the lowest possible value a person would accept before they walked away from the deal. Maybe how much someone’s willing to pay for the taxi on the way back from town?
  • “Let’s get down to business.” No explanation is really needed and this phrase is actually more applicable than one might first think. Could be to get a project finished, head to town with the lads, or really come to a resolution of anything.
  • “We would appreciate it if you could send us more information about [insert here].” Sometimes, people are afraid to ask for clarification so this is a quick and easy way to do just that.
  • “It’s going to be a challenge doing such a big project on a “shoestring” but we’ll try our best.” Shoestring is a unique way to say tight money, or small budget.
  • “According to Porter’s five forces... [add opinion and relate it to a force].” Porter’s five forces are industry competition, potential of new entrants, power of suppliers, power of customers, and threat of substitutes. Think of what is the best wine for price/standard ratio and the threat of freshies discovering it. What are the substitutes if it is out of stock? Well done, that’s just made you sound a lot smarter than “let’s get on the piss boys”.
  • “It’s hard to soar like an eagle when you work with turkeys.” Great way to show dominance in any group project or work-related activity by acknowledging yourself as #1 – constantly let down by those around.

Now, these are a few ways to enhance everyday conversation with a bit of a sprinkle of business on top. The more these phrases and likewise are said, the easier it is to speak these ideas without force. Who knows—one of these phrases could impress the next interviewer or lecturer?

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