When you’re trying to climb that steep corporate ladder, there’s a lot of pressure to always be on the ball, contributing to the company and leading discussion. That can be an exciting challenge but it can also be totally exhausting. Sometimes we just need a break, but does that mean completely falling off your boss’s radar?
Never fear, hardworking corporate employees. Twitter has your back. In order to advance in a company, you obviously need to prove you have the skills to lead in your field, but every once in a while, you can sit back and say a few choice words without fear of losing face with your superiors or among your peers. British comedian Adam Hess suggested on Twitter last week that a well-placed “It’s all about finding that balance” in an office meeting will do wonders for your workplace cred.
Took 28 years to realise that no matter what the meeting is about, if you randomly chime in with 'it's just about finding that balance' people will always agree.
— Adam Hess (@adamhess1) March 21, 2018
That offering got the Twittersphere talking about other buzz words and phrases you can pipe up with in a meeting to draw just the right kind of attention to yourself. You don’t have to be the Idea Man/Woman, you just need to be the one who makes the conversation more cohesive or encourages people to approach problems from a different angle.
What started out as a Twitter joke, quickly turned into a cheat sheet for office meetings.
"Its about remaining true to those core values"
— Sechaba Motloli (@realwillowtree) March 24, 2018
Synergy and win-win
— Damien Rapp (@damienrapp) March 26, 2018
Let's table this for now but circle back next quarter
— ContinuumFrank (@ContinuumFrank) March 27, 2018
I think we need to unpack that statement.
— Monica Boyle (@monicasandiego) March 26, 2018
…so Adam, "tell me again who called this meeting" b/c i feel as though "we are spinning our wheels" and totally "off track". Now that we have had time to "kick it around", perhaps "we can all agree" it's best "to revisit" this discussion "in the future".
— Number1inthehoodG (@1inthehoodg) March 26, 2018
'Let's take this offline' 😂
— marietweetss 👰🏻🤵 (@marietweetss) March 26, 2018
Minimal risk solutions…usually means less money to find needed project
— EndOfDicktatorDotard (@viphires) March 25, 2018
Additionally, expressing that the session was either “productive” or that your methods need to be “streamlined” are good ways to end a meeting on the right note. Even being the one who expresses that your meetings need more “focus” is a good way to show you were engaged and thinking about “strategy.”
Despite all the helpful work advice he prompted, Adam Hess doesn’t seem to be too thrilled that people jumped on to his initial statement about “finding that balance.” After several users offered their own foolproof meeting interjections, Hess replied to his own tweet saying that his initial point was completely misunderstood and then threatened to report everyone – using a phrase that works well in a meeting that goes south.
please stop replying to this with 'business phrases that people say in meetings sometimes'. You have misunderstood everything and I have reported all of you
— Adam Hess (@adamhess1) March 25, 2018
Do you have a go-to office phrase?