Why office jargon is toxic by Andrew So
Touch base is vague
Every meeting should have a goal. A purpose. Something actionable that's decided upon.
It takes energy to translate
Every time you use office jargon, both you and the listener have to translate it in your heads. Communication is already one of the hardest parts of business. Why make it harder?
The problem is much deeper than jargon
It's the mindset that "this is what businesses do"
Rather than asking "What's the best process for our business?"
Jargon is a sign of bad processes
Reports that no one reads. Crowded meetings where nothing gets accomplished. Useless emails. Rolls of red tape.
Instead of talking like a "business person"
Talk like a human
Use normal words. You don't say "touch base" to your friends and loved ones do you? (I hope not)