Know When and How to Avoid Jargon in Presentations

Jargon isn’t B.S. It’s shorthand language. Some of it is culture based. 24/7, ASAP, LOL, etc. Some of it is unique to your position, industry, industry, or organization. And every industry and organization has jargon.    

Everyone has industry has terminology like that. The dead give away is it usually acronyms. 

Jargon isn’t a bad thing when you speak to people in your industry or organization. Like any good shortcut, it saves time. But when you speak to a broader audience, jargon gets in the way of communication because your audience doesn’t speak the short cut. They don’t know what a vo is or a lower third. That’s TV jargon. And unless you speak TV, you have no idea what I said.

Say What?

Translation: vo=voice over. That’s when the anchor reads a script over top of video that’s playing on your TV screen. Lower third is the line of information that shows up on the lower third of your screen to identify who the person is speaking. For example: Joe Smith, Mayor of Smithville.

Knowing When to Use and When to Avoid

The key to jargon is always the audience. If you know your audience, you’ll know when to use and when to avoid using jargon. In the above video, I’ll help you connect better with your audience and know when to use and when to avoid jargon. And you’ll know it ASAP. Sorry, couldn’t resist.

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