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Do you ever feel like the world is full of cliches? Like it’s all been done before and there’s nothing new or original out there? I know that feeling. Luckily, we have plenty of software to help you get your work done in a way that will make those feelings go away. In this article, I’m going to talk about the 9 Hp Envy 5530 Software Clichés (And What To Do/Say Instead) so you can stop using them!
Cliche #: “It’s not rocket science.”
What To Say Instead: It’s not a cure for cancer. This is the worst one; it makes people feel as if you’re belittling their work or intelligence. One way to phrase this would be, “I know what I’m doing,” which implies confidence without diminishing others’ efforts. If that doesn’t suit your needs, try something like, “This isn’t my first rodeo!”
Tip! You can avoid clichés by using descriptive phrases and more specific adjectives when talking about things – rather than just saying they are good/bad overall because concrete details will paint a much clearer picture of how well an idea works in practice. For example, “This is a great idea” can be replaced with something like “I love that this has been done in the past and it’s an approach we could do now.”
Cliche #: The customer is always right.
What To Say Instead: It might seem rude to disagree with someone when they’re being kind enough to give you their opinion but sometimes what people say needs to be challenged or corrected – even if they are customers! If there’s no malicious intent on your part, make sure you don’t undermine other perspectives because of who said them by saying things like, “It doesn’t matter what he says,” which implies that everyone else does not have any ideas worth considering. A respectful way around this would be to say, “I appreciate your perspective and I want you to know that this has been considered before.”
Cliche #: We’re one big happy family.
What To Say Instead: It’s common for managers or employees who are new on the job to make an analogy of their company as a family – which is sweet but also not realistic! The phrase implies things like everyone likes each other, no one ever leaves, and there are never any arguments about what needs done next. Maybe in some companies these statements could be true (but probably not), but it’s best to avoid over-generalizing by using something more specific instead..like saying how people work together collaboratively when they need help from someone else because we
Cliché: “We’re going to be working with each other a lot.”
Odds of happening in your lifetime: Close to 100%
What you can say instead: “I want our team to collaborate and work together as much as possible!” or “It’s important that we communicate frequently so that we stay on the same page.”
“You know, I’m not really sure–let me think about it for a second” is code for something more like this: “Yes, but.
Cliché: We need someone who gets things done! (aka Someone who has initiative)
What you should say instead? Describe what traits make up an ideal candidate. For example, “I’m looking for someone who is highly organized, detail-oriented and always on time.”
“We’re not a writing company. We don’t do blogs or copywriting.”
You might say instead: “Oh! I’ll forward this to our marketing team!” OR “Sounds like you could use some help with content strategy – let me introduce you to my colleague Peter in public relations. He’s experienced at creating engaging (yet concise) messaging that resonates with your target audience.”
Cliché: You should try __ because it works wonders.
What are the downsides? Does everyone have access? How much does it cost?” Fallacies about being perfect..like saying how people would be perfect for a role if they had all the right skills and experience.
“We’re not looking to hire one person – we want three people in this position.”
You might say instead: “What’s your availability like?” OR “Not sure what you mean by that, can you explain?”
The first thing I do when meeting with candidates is ask them about their previous experiences. What are some of the tools and techniques they used on projects within different industries? On how many projects have they led or contributed as an individual contributor from start-to-finish?” [..] “I’m going to need more information before I can tell whether this would be a good fit.” It takes discipline to avoid the clichés, but it’s worth it.
It takes discipline to avoid the clichés, but it’s worth it.