You’ve heard it before. Words matter. Even if you have the best of intentions, the things you write or say can sometimes be misconstrued and even used against you. In the age of cancel culture and social media, business executives need to be especially wary of how they communicate, be it in an email, memo, or meeting.
Are you a business leader? Even if you aspire to be one, you should read these seven seven-word examples of common mistakes you may use at the office to express yourself. You will probably recognize several of these phrases and may even think, “I say that all the time.” Our advice, stop today, just to be safe. As innocuous as they may sound, they may offend or give the wrong impression.
It may take just seven words to cost you a seven-figure salary. See our examples below.
1. Opening line at the company picnic. “Welcome families! Here’s my penis. Enjoy it.”
2. All staff meeting intro. “Thank you for meeting today. I’m racist.”
3. Subject line in company-wide email. “To all females. Extra pay for boobies.”
4. Human Resources hiring suggestion. “Eef you speek like dis yer fired.”
5. Email to new employees. “Will swap sex for drugs. Call me.”
6. CEO message to shareholders. “Penis Penis Penis Penis Penis. You like?”
7. FYI to senior staff. “Twerked so hard I pooped my pants.”
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