I had an ex-marine sales manager who loved this phrase. Not hard to believe considering his military background. You don’t hear this phrase much anymore , which is too bad because it would probably shorten the life of a lot of politicians, salespeople, heads of companies.
In the military (I was in the Army) there is a reason for cut to the chase. In combat you don’t have time to screw around with long-winded explanations. When a senior commanding officer dresses down a junior officer the CO is not looking for a dissertation on why the Lieutenant screwed up. There are too many people in this world that are verbally boring. Their theory is why not use 1000 words to explain something vs. 100. They’re after nuances, they don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings by being too abrupt, they want to make sure that the listener is clear about their meaning. (You can be just as clear with two sentences vs. twenty.)
If you have the stomach for it listen to congressional hearings and you will be rewarded with the verbal dancing between the senators and those being questioned. And if you want another stomach turner think back to Clinton’s verbal charade when answering questions about Monica Lewinski. (Republicans are just as bad, lest you think I’m picking on the liberals.)
Here is one man’s reason why cutting to the chase has become extinct. No one wants to be ACCOUNTABLE! When was the last time you heard “I screwed up.” Or, “I wasn’t clear enough with my instructions and that’s why….” And if you don’t have the faintest clue why something got screwed up just say “I don’t know but I’ll find out.”
I’d like to see the following words or phrases removed from all communication:
- It all depends
- I wasn’t responsible
- If at all possible
- There were other factors involved
- I wasn’t aware
There are hundreds of these phrases that confuse and needlessly lengthen the time it takes to communicate. Regardless of who is communicating-be succinct, to the point, and truthful. (Wouldn’t it be nice if someone from the BP rig came forward with the truth?)
As a country we have forgotten how to be forthright with our questions, statements, and answers. Political correctness has become the rule for communication. Don’t you think it’s time to temper the PC concept a bit? I’m not suggesting that we verbally maim, disabuse, or cut people to shreds. But let’s call an event or situation what it is and not do the verbal two-step.
Speak openly, be clear, tell it like it is.