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My brain pinged the other day during a conversation as to what and when certain language is or isn’t acceptable. In the group were legal and HR people who explained how they had problems receiving perfectly legitimate emails, but because the topic was about inappropriate language their IT team had to make security allowances to enable the emails to go through.
Some time ago I attended a conference workshop where the trainer’s language was more than liberally littered with 4-letter words. At my table a couple of us found this inappropriate, others hadn’t even noticed. However, it did result in the conference organisers updating their Terms & Conditions for speakers addressing inappropriate language.
I guess it could be said that I’m sensitive to what I term to be bad language. As a child I recall being in a car showroom with my Dad and the cut-glass accented salesman using the word blo**y very frequently – bit of a no-no to an 8 year-old then! That said, I do have a go now and then and the family note it in their diaries!
So what is acceptable / unacceptable in business? Are there special circumstances? For me, it’s ok in recounting a story, without expanding the words used in full. It’s not ok to direct that phrase to someone else. Are there situations in business / public speaking where it is acceptable / unacceptable.
What do you think? What is / is not acceptable to you and when?
I’d love to know your thoughts on this – please let me know just email me
Jackie Groundsell is known as the queen of women's business networking lunches - the connector. She supports thousands of small business owners through her events and lunch-time meetings