3 Business Phrases That Will Kill Your Communication

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One of the ever-present evils that stalk writers like me are cliches. I'm certainly not the only person haunted by those ghosts, though. Modern pop culture and digital communication technology make it all too easy for this plague to spread. Overused phrases roam our personal and professional lives like the ubiquitous zombies in AMC's "Walking Dead." They gut our language, suck the life out of our communication. They need to be decapitated.

I'm obviously not going to slay this scourge in one blog post, even if my heart is pure and my motives just. Let's start with just three phrases that are among the most annoying: "At the end of the day;" "It is what it is;" and "Low-hanging fruit." I'll be the first to confess that I'm guilty of using all three. I turned from my wicked ways after watching this short video by Jeff Havens.

Havens began his career as a high school English teacher before pursuing his dream of becoming a stand up comedian. At the same time, he wanted to continue to teach people how to improve the way they communicate. The result was a series of books and a public speaking venture that uses "The Office"-like humor to impart some serious lessons about getting the right message across to advance your career.  He's been a regular guest on Fox Business News and has been featured in Business Week, the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, AOL, and dozens of other regional and national media outlets.

Check out the video and let it spark your own crusade against these dead phrases. If you enjoyed what you heard, get more of Havens in person by registering for EFAM 2013 in Anaheim, Calif., where he will deliver one of the keynote speeches.

Decapitate away!

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