Meg Whitman Uses 10 Cliches in a Single Speech. Really.
4:47 pm, August 31st | by Amy Tennery
Full disclosure: I think it’s a little sad that former eBay CEO Meg Whitman is getting made fun of for her speech-writing abilities. But she is. And, as much as it pains me, well, her detractors have a bit of a point.
See, Whitman really likes her cliches. I mean, she thinks they’re excellent. And she may have just broken some kind of world record for most cliches used in a single business lecture.
Thanks to Fox Business News, we now have a full list of the of worn colloquialisms Whitman employed at last week’s Denver Global Business Travel Association conference:
- “Mission really matters.”
- “Keep your mind open to possibilities.”
- “Focus, focus, focus.”
- “Anticipate, anticipate, anticipate.”
- “Culture is absolutely critical.”
- “We live in a world that is changing at lightning speed”
- “Human talent is more critical than ever.”
- “Always be on the lookout for that serendipitous moment that you say “Ah-ha! Gosh, we should try that in our organization.’”
- And, “The price of inaction is far greater than the price of making a mistake.”
One can only hope that the assembled crowd at Denver’s Global Business Travel Association conference was not too perturbed. (We’d try to figure out why Whitman was speaking at a conference on business travel but that seems like a fool’s errand.)
Oh, and in case you were wondering, yes, Whitman did also use the phrase “think outside the box.” Oy.
[H/T to The Grindstone]