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  • EVENTS

    Business Writing and Presentations
    Wed., Sep. 4-Dec. 11, 2019
    6:25-9 p.m. ET
    New York University
    (graduate course)

    Presentation Skills for Introverts®
    Thu., Mar. 26 & Apr. 2, 2020
    6-8:55 p.m. ET
    New York University
    (2-session workshop)

    PAST WEBINARS AVAILABLE ON DEMAND:

    How to "Talk the Talk" at Professional Events (free)
    Columbia University Alumni Career Services

    How to Think on Your Feet: Improv Skills for Business
    Co-facilitators: Nancy Ancowitz and Carl Kissin
    American Management Association

    How to Deliver Powerful Presentations as an Introvert
    American Management Association

    Essential Management Skills for Introverts
    American Management Association

    How to Project Confidence with Demanding People
    American Management Association

    Secrets of Successful Public Speaking
    American Management Association

    SAMPLING OF IN-HOUSE WORKSHOPS:

    Tango for Leaders
    For organizations

    Success Strategies for Introvert Leaders
    National Institutes of Health
    (Workshop for NIH employees only)

  • BOOK REVIEWS
    Publisher's Weekly
    "Best Books"
    The New York Times
    "Currently winning our race for most intriguing book title of 2009 is the oxymoronic “Self-Promotion for Introverts” by Nancy Ancowitz (McGraw Hill). The 'how to' book is filled with tips (rehearse is a favorite). The author’s tone is supportive and she does not argue that introverts should become live wires. But what else would you expect from a book whose subtitle is 'the quiet guide to getting ahead'?"
    The Wall Street Journal
    "…showing how quiet people can turn their innate strengths into an advantage when networking."
    ABC News
    "Best Book Gifts"
    Los Angeles Times
    "Whatever's behind your reluctance to speak out for yourself, this is the first book I've seen with serious research on the topic that leads to a new game plan."
    CIO Insight
    "Must-Read Fall Books for IT Execs"
    Star-Ledger
    "Best New Career Books"
    POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY NEWS DAILY
    "Offers a solid dose of practical advice—alongside humorous anecdotes.... Ancowitz shows introverts how to take advantage of the unique qualities and strengths they can offer."
    The Independent Consultant
    "There is great value in this book, whether you are promoting your own business or consulting practice, or just want to be sure your talents are recognized within your larger organization."
    Small Business Trends
    "Written by an introvert for introverts."
    Ft. Myers Florida Weekly
    "'Self-Promotion for Introverts' is a primer on doing just that—helping 'quiet sorts' assert themselves by using their inherent tendencies in the most effective ways."
    Women and Leadership Australia
    "Pitched perfectly. Our rating: 10/10."

Hot New Jargon Buster

Many introverts are word lovers. And word lovers hate seeing language butchered. Of course, none of us butcher it ourselves. Right? It’s always someone in the next cubicle. In case you have any doubts the next time you draft an award worthy memo, enter a word you suspect could be jargon into a fun and useful new tool, UNSUCKIT—and presto, out comes the term in plain English. I put UNSUCKIT through the paces for a few of my pet peeves:

Calendarize unsucked = Schedule
Ideate unsucked = Think
Impactful unsucked = Significant
Leverage unsucked = Take advantage of, use, or act upon

So get off your low hanging fruit and go for a quick and dirty win-win—or check out UNSUCKIT ASAP. Hat tip to entrepreneurial evangelist Guy Kawasaki for spreading the word about UNSUCKIT on his blog, where I first stumbled upon it.

Copyright © 2010 Nancy Ancowitz

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6 Responses to “Hot New Jargon Buster”

  1. Beth Buelow, The Introvert Entrepreneur Says:

    Ooo, I'm guilty of "leverage" – and it's funny, b/c it really IS low hanging fruit. 🙂 It's the first thing that came to me and it stuck. Oy! Back to the drawing board (ha!). This is a great tool… thanks for sharing, Nancy (and Guy!).

  2. Nancy Ancowitz Says:

    Thank you, Beth! Yes, but I think “leverage,” along with words like “utilize,” is only a parking violation in the world of jargon. We get into moving violation territory with words like “contextualize,” ‘brandactional,” and “disambiguate.”

    I noticed that some of these terms sounded fresh a long time ago (e.g., “cradle-to-grave”), but now they’re stale as last week’s bread.

  3. David Guion Says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun. Is it really useful? I'm afraid I'd spend so much time playing with it that I wouldn't get any work done. On the other hand, d'ya suppose it would work on the tax code?

  4. Nancy Ancowitz Says:

    Yes, it’s fun for word lovers. Also a glorious time suck when you could be, er, twittering. Brilliant idea about the tax code. Hey, you could get incentivized with actionable monetary rewards!

  5. Beth Buelow, The Introvert Entrepreneur Says:

    Nancy, if it's only a parking violation, I'll live with that 🙂 (because I'm familiar with it, LOL!). My favorite one was "calendarize" – that one should carry a life sentence. I once had a coworker who would say we needed to have a "confab," short for "confabulation." Unsuckit didn't recognize either term, but those are at least parking violations if I ever heard them.

  6. Nancy Ancowitz Says:

    Beth,

    That's an extreme category: words UNSUCKIT doesn't even recognize. Hey, I was surprised to see that "radar screen" was out of bounds too. Not that I've never used that term. Nah. "Off the charts" isn't there either. These may be okay if we use them only once in awhile.

    N

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