Stuff business people say

Stuff business people say

1. "All right, let's play hardball."
Play hardball: (mainly US, informal) to be firm and determined in order to get what you want. Eg: He´s a nice guy, but he can play hardball when he needs to.

2. "So, how are we gonna position ourselves?"

Positioning is a marketing strategy that aims to make a brand occupy a distinct position, relative to competing brands, in the mind of the customer.
3. "Let's hit the ground running."
Hit the ground running: To begin something energetically and successfully. Eg: As soon as the front office gave its approval for the new department, we hit the ground running.
4. "Let's hammer this out."
To hammer something out: to reach an agreement or solution after a lot of argument or discussion. Eg: Three years after the accident the lawyers finally managed to hammer out a settlement with the insurance company.

5. "Let's get our ducks in a row here, guys."

Get (one´s) ducks in a row: to get one´s affairs in order or organized. Eg: You can´t hope to go into a company and sell something until you get your ducks in a row.

6. "All right, here's the 30,000 foot view."

The “30,000 foot view” of the business is a common phrase used to describe getting to a high enough level to see the big picture.

7. "Let´s drill that down."

In computing, to drill down is to move deeper into a chain of data, from high-level information to more detailed, focused information—in other words, to move downward through a data hierarchy.

8.  "I'll beef it up."

To beef something up: to give more substance or strength to something. Improve. Eg: Cost-cutting measures are planned to beef up performance.

9. "Can you put a deck together?"

Marketing decks are visual presentations used by marketers, public relations managers and advertising executives as a tool for selling a product or service to a client.

10. "Look, I'll do most the heavy lifting."

Heavy lifting: difficult work. Eg: I credited her for doing all the heavy lifting on the project.
11. "Okay, I'll put my feelers out."

To put your feelers out: to try to learn something discreetly. Eg: He´s been putting out feelers to see how employees might react to such policy/ Why don´t you put out your feelers and see if anyone is interested in buying?

12. "Can you send me the dial-in?"

You are required to set your dial-in conferencing PIN if you with to join as the conference call leader or as a conference call participant.

13. "I (have) just pinged her."

Ping: to make contact with someone by sending a brief electronic message, as a text message. Eg: The design team should ping marketing to set up a meeting next week.

14. "Loop me in on that"

Loop somebody in on something: to keep someone informed on what is happening. Eg: Please loop me in on any developments.

15. “What sort of space are you guys in?”

“Space” in this case means “area”. Eg: You do good work in that space.

16. "Is this B to B?"

Business to business: a type of transaction that exists between businesses, such as one involving a manufacturer and a wholesaler.

17. "We´re B to C."

Business to consumer is a business conducted directly between a company and consumers who are the end-users of its products.

18. "Is it C to C

Customer to customer.


19. “We're brick-and-mortar”

A traditional business serving customers in a building as contrasted to an online business. Eg: A brick-and-mortar store.

20. "We're soup to nuts,"

Everything, complete. This idiom is derived from the description of a full course dinner, in which courses progress from soup to a dessert of nuts.

21. "Ok, let´s ideate."

Ideation is the process of forming and relating ideas, oftentimes in a business setting. It is used to describe the sequence of thought, from idea generation to idea implementation, which is the result of mental activity that can be based on past or present knowledge, thoughts, opinions, convictions or principles. Ideation is meant to conceptualize an idea and is the thought processes involved in apprehending and expressing a new concept, sometimes in a graphical or other similar depiction.

22. "So what's their value proposition?"
Value proposition refers to a business or marketing statement that a company uses to summarize why a consumer should buy a product or use a service. This statement convinces a potential consumer that one particular product or service will add more value than other similar offerings.

23. What platform are you using?
Platform here refers to computer programs such as FaceTime or Skype, especially those that can be used for video conferences or messages.
24. "Who did their UI?"

UI: User interface (everything designed into an information device with which a person may interact).

25. "Their UX."

UX: User experience.
26. "CSS"

CSS: Cascading Style Sheets. They describe how HTML elements are to be displayed on screen, paper, or in other media.
27. "IP"

IP: Internet Protocol
28. "ICUP”

This is a joke. It reads “I see you pee”.

29. "She´s C-level"

A C-level executive is a high-ranking executive of a company in charge of making company-wide decisions. The "C" stands for "chief."

30. "She´s an acquirer"

A person or company who gains possession or ownership of property, a business interest or other ítem.
31. "A serial entrepreneur."

Someone who starts and leads one business after another or, multiple businesses at the same time. This is opposed to an entrepreneur who starts a single business and runs the day-to-day operations of that business until exit or retirement.
32. "A disrupter"

Disrupter is someone or something which makes a significant impact in a given industry within a short time span. For instance WhatsApp disrupted the messaging industry to a significant extent and Quora is an example of disrupter in knowledge sharing.
33. "Dude is a coding ninja."

A Code Ninja is someone who has excellent knowledge in many programming languages. One who does not need to use documentations of the languages.
34. "This new app is cutting edge."

Cutting edge: the latest or most advanced stage in the development of something.
Eg: Researchers at the cutting edge of molecular biology.

 35. "Bleeding edge".

Technology that is acquired almost immediately after its release, regardless of the increased cost or risk involved.Eg: Apple's iPhone 4 was bleeding edge technology for many users, and it came with some risks that included an antenna issue and some operating temporary malfunctions.

36. "Seamless."

Happening without any sudden changes, interruption, or difficulty. Eg: The intention is to achieve a seamless transition with a continuity of management. Also: perfect, flawless. Eg: A seamless performance.
37. "End-to-end."

Including all the stages of a process. Eg: He wants the company to provide an end-to-end service, from early clinical trials all the way through to high-volume manufacturing.

38. "Game-changing".
Having a big effect on the conditions in an area such as business. Eg: New technology can create a game-changing shift in a market.

39. "Disruptive."

Specialized business changing the traditional way that an industry operates, especially in a new and effective way. Eg: disruptive technologies
40. "World-class."

Someone or something world-class is one of the best that there are of that type in the world. Eg: A world-class performance
41. "Freemium."

A business model that allows a consumer to receive basic services for free, but requires them to pay for any service deemed to be premium. For instance, a cable provider may offer a customer free HBO for 2 weeks, but then require the customer to pay a fee for any program considered to be premium. Another example is computer software which offers a user basic use of the program, but requires a fee to access advanced features.

42. "It's pretty much the Uber of food trucks."

The Uber of: The ultimate, above all, the best, top, something that nothing is better than.

43. "What are the deliverables?"

Deliverables: a thing able to be provided, especially as a product of a development process. Eg: The company's primary method of measuring customer feedback on deliverables.
44. "Are those baked in?"

Baked in: to incorporate something as an integral part of a product, service, or system. Eg: We have baked in XML web services as part of the core of our platform.
45. "Are those included in our best practices?"

Best practices: commercial or professional procedures that are accepted or prescribed as being correct or most effective. Eg: The proprietors are keen to ensure best practice in food preparation, storage, and serving.
46. "Is that actionable."

Actionable: capable of being put into practice. Eg: They have proposed several actionable measures to reduce the federal deficit.
47. "I'm gonna have to marinate on that."

Marinate on: think about (something).
48. "I'm not willing to die on that hill."

A military expression referring to an issue that the speaker wants to address, but recognizes would be too much to deal with. It's a metaphor for realizing that, although you want to defend your "hill" from attack, to do so would be suicidal given the much stronger enemy, and this particular "hill" isn't so vital that you should give up your life for it, so it's best to just retreat.
49. "I'm worried about the unknown unknowns."

The unknown unknowns are unexpected or unforeseeable conditions, which pose a potentially greater risk simply because they cannot be anticipated based on past experience or investigation.
50. "I'm worried about the known knowns. What's our launch date?"
The known knowns are the things we know we know.
51. "Do we have a drop-dead date?"

The drop dead date is the last possible date on which something must be completed.
52. "It's gonna be 11th hour."

The last moment or almost too late. Eg: We only received the signatures at the eleventh hour. 

53. "It is O-dark-thirty"

Military time designating an unspecified time after midnight but before sunrise. Eg: We had to get up at o-dark-thirty to get the job done this morning.
54. "Look, we need more wiggle room."

The freedom or opportunity to do something, or to change your mind and do something differently if that is what is needed. Eg: We need to leave ourselves some wiggle room when we're negotiating the deal.
55. "All right we'll have to do it on the cheap."

For little money. Eg: The store is selling all of its merchandise on the cheap as part of its liquidation sale.
56. "Is that gross?"

Consisting of an overall total exclusive of deductions. Eg: gross income.
57. "Is that net?"

Remaining after the deduction of all charges. Eg: Net earnings, net worth.
58.  "Is that net net?"

 Net net: A true and final result, after more than the obvious subtractions and allowances. Eg: Net net, we´re losing money.

59. "Can you unpack that?"

To decipher, explore or examine in detail. Eg: The agenda of the meeting is to unpack this concept before arriving at a functional decision.
60. "What's your guesstimate?"

An estimate usually made without adequate information. Eg: A rough guesstimate of public expenditure.

61. "That dovetails perfectly into my idea."

“Dovetail” is often used in business discussions as a more sophisticated way of saying “fit together” or “come together in a harmonious manner”.

62. "Mmm I'll put it on the back burner."

If something is on the back burner, it is temporarily not being dealt with or considered, esp. because it´s not urgent or important. Eg: We´ve all had to put our plans on the back burner for a while.

63. "That's not mission critical."

Mission critical: An activity, device, service or system whose failure or disruption in normal business hours will result in the failure of business operations. Eg: For an online business, the communication system is mission critical.

64. "I think that´s sideways energy."

There is good energy and bad energy- and bad energy usually shows up as sideways... not because it is necessarily bad, but because it is usually a distraction. Eg: Bad energy would be not showing up to work. Sideways energy is showing up but spending two hours talking about what you should have done an hour and a half ago.
65. "That's not even in our wheelhouse."

A wheelhouse is a ship´s navigation room. So, in someone's wheelhouse" refers to something being within one's areas of competency, like command of a ship is within a ship captain's abilities.
66. "That's where the rubber meets the road."

The point at which a theory or idea is put to a practical test. Eg: The differences between effective and ineffective teachers show up where the rubber meets the road, in the brains of the students"
67. "How can we repurpose that?"

Finding a new purpose for an asset or a product. For example, when people began taking low-dose aspirin to prevent heart disease, pharmaceutical companies repurposed what had been called "children's aspirin" for this new market.

68. "Can that be monetized."

To "monetize" something is to convert non-revenue generating assets into sources of revenue. In economic terms, monetize means to convert any event, object or transaction into a form of currency or something with transferable value.

69. "Can that be optimized?"

Optimize: to make something as good as possible. Eg: We need to optimize our use of the existing technology.
70. "Can it be insourced?"

Delegating a job to someone within a company, as opposed to someone outside of the company (outsourcing).
71. "We're just trying to create some cross-pollination."

Within your company you likely have employees with diverse skill sets. The idea of cross-pollination is to bring these people together, allowing their knowledge and skills to influence each other. Cross-pollination can expose employees to different ideas and new ways of thinking. That in turn can only make your company stronger and more productive.

72. "That is the Silver Bullet approach."

An infallible means of attack or defense.
73. "Can we go under the radar?"

Under the radar: not getting attention, unnoticed. Eg: He tried to stay under the radar as he went about his business.

74. "Maybe we could de-incentivize that"

To discourage. To take away incentives.
75. "Can you disambiguate that for me?"

Disambiguate: to show the differences between two or more meanings clearly. Eg: Good dictionary definitions disambiguate between similar meanings.
76. "I read it on TechCrunch"

TechCrunch ( is a leading technology media property, dedicated to reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.
77. "GIGO"

GIGO (Garbage In Garbage Out) is a computer science acronym that implies bad input will result in bad output. Because computers operate using strict logic, invalid input may produce unrecognizable output, or "garbage."
78. "CNET." is a website where you can find information about how to set up your first online store.
79. "Mashable" is a website that helps you launch your own business.
80. "I don't have the bandwidth for that."

Bandwidth, literally, is the amount of data that can be passed along a communications channel in a given period of time. On the other hand, in business jargon, it is sometimes used to refer to the resources needed to complete a task or project.
81. "Can we talk offline?"

To talk offline means to continue a line of discussion outside of the original context,
82. "Guys we are batting a thousand."

To bat a thousand: To achieve success at each attempt. Eg: He's batting a thousand so far with the new boss.
83. "There's definitely some synergy here."

Synergy: teamwork in order to be more effective. Eg: The aim is to synergize the strengths of both companies to offer our customers operational effectiveness.

84. "You guys are like peanut butter and chocolate."

If two people or two things are like peanut butter and chocolate, they go or they do very well together.
85. "That is a win."

Addressing an accomplishment of some sort. E.g I brokered an important deal today. That´s a win.
86. "That's a win-win."

Negotiation philosophy in which all parties to an agreement or deal stand to realize their fair share (not 100 percent) of the benefits or profit. Eg: A win-win situation.