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The 15 most overused phrases in the office

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While it doesn’t hurt to get creative in work emails or in corporate conversations, very few professionals actually deviate from established, set lingos which are used repeatedly in such settings.

The result? Clichéd, common and frequently repeated words which would make any staff member yawn.

A popular magazine recently took the liberty of highlighting the 15 phrases that workers love to use at work to make them sound professional.

How many have you used lately?

1. Let’s touch base

Perhaps the reason for the popularity of this phrase is the range of tones it can encapsulate – from ‘you’re in trouble’ to ‘let’s catch up because I miss you’.

2. Our state of the art …

Professionals trying to tell clients about something new and innovative never seem to forget to add this prefix to their new features.

3. I appreciate your attention to this matter

Often known as a creative way of saying thank you, this phrase is often seen as the perfect ending to an email.

4. Should you have questions, please feel free to contact me

Another common ending sentence in an email – though sometimes added as a formality.

5. I look forward to hearing from you soon

This is the right phrase to use, when  you are looking to get a reply as soon as possible and do not want to sound too pushy.

6. Once I complete my current task, I’ll be happy to take a look at that.

Because it’s rude to yell, “I am busy”, many adopt this more subtle, polite technique.

7. At your earliest convenience

Basically means – reply as soon as possible!

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8. I understand

It is the right thing to say even though you have no clue of what is going on.

9. Let me look into that

It certainly sounds smarter than “I don’t know” and you can buy yourself some time to seriously look into it.

10. That’s a great opportunity

Common phrase to use when promoting your new idea to others.

11. Get the ball rolling

Instead of saying “Let’s get started”, get the ball rolling  has become increasingly popular in the office.

12. It’s a win-win

This is what smart businesses always want to try to achieve – a situation that all stakeholders can benefit.

13. At the end of the day

The perfect way to make your stand in a business presentation or meeting.

14. We’ll need to manage expectations

Commonly used phrase by managers telling staff what he or she wants from them.

15. Move the needle

Instead of saying make an impact, move the needle is a common phrase use in the sales industry.

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