Do you hate being called cliché? Do buzzwords piss you off? Do you avoid certain discussions just because they’re cliche?
Maybe, just maybe, you even look down on people who you consider to be cliché or that uses buzzwords?
I think we all do to some extent…but why do we do it? Is it a smart move (professionally) to avoid “clichés” or do we just do it because we find it to be embarrassing to fall into a cliché?
If you’re not using buzzwords just because you don’t want to be cliché, you’re missing the point. The point isn’t the wording or definitions. It’s what they actually represent. It’s the concept, or idea behind them. If you disagree with the concept behind the cliché, then that’s fine…but don’t avoid it simply because it’s cliché.
If you’re getting caught up in not looking “cliché” by avoiding buzz words, you’re probably missing opportunities.
There’s a reason that things are considered cliché. It’s because they make sense, they’re popular and they’re widely accepted. As a professional, wouldn’t you want to tap into that?
I’ve said it many times before, but I learn a lot of my life lessons from South Park. In the episode, “You Got F’d in the A“, Stan tries to recruit some kids to join his dance crew. He reaches out to the goth kids for help…
Stan: Please, you guys, our whole town’s reputation is at stake! Will any of you do it?
Red Bang Goth: I’m not doin’ it. Being in a dance group is totally conformist.
Henrietta: Yeah. I’m not conforming to some dance-off regulations.
Little Goth: I’m not doin’ it either. I’m the biggest nonconformist of all.
Tall Goth: I’m such a nonconformist that I’m not going to conform with the rest of you. Okay, I’ll do it.
So, in summary… if you’re avoiding clichés just because they’re clichés, then you’re being pretty cliché. Make your own decisions. Don’t approve, or disapprove of something simply because of it’s popularity.