“Do you think teenage girls will eventually just end up saying nothing but ‘like’?”, Beau randomly asks.
“Totally”, I reply.
“I was over-hearing some girls at the coffee shop”, Beau explains, “and all I could hear was ‘and you know, like, he said like ‘yeah, cool’, and like she was like totally into him, so then like she said…”
“It’s just like management speak”, I say, “The purpose of ‘like’ is a filler word used for when your brain stops working. Managers though are smarter, and are able use terms such as ‘going forward’, and ‘thinking outside the box'”.
“I bet there’s a website dedicated to the latest management speak”, Beau states, as he reaches for his laptop.
“We’re on a three way street here. So we really need to get our ducks in a row, and get back on the same page”.
“Ok, let’s take this discussion offline”, I say.
“No, no, you mean ‘Let’s touch base off line’, replies a fast learning beau.
“Ooh look, I’ve found a bull shit generator”, he says after a few more clicks.
“It’s a finely balanced situation weighted heavily towards the customer, so we need ensure we pick our low hanging fruit. Now’s the time to build robust technologies. We need to embrace the value-added mindshare, by not re-inventing the wheel. A blue-sky approach is what is required”.
He lost me.