Caleb Newquist, editor of Sift Media’s US online tabloid, GoingConcern.com, takes a look at some of the things you'll hear accountants say during busy season.
For some of you, this marks your first busy season. You'll learn many things along the way but communicating effectively with your peers and superiors will be one of the most important learning curves you'll climb in your young career.
If you start throwing around some fancy schmancy lingo they're going to A) fail to understand how to spend their 15-hour days and B) hate you.
Historically, accounting professionals have taken a lazy approach to communication, using a wealth of clichés and trite expressions. As abhorrent as this is, it's important that you are familiar with these so that you don't automatically think your superiors are Neanderthals that are incapable of articulating themselves above the level of Bill Lumbergh. Their language has simply regressed after years of exposure. With all that mind, the following video should get you up to speed on many of these common phrases and sayings:
It's worth noting that there are some notables missing including: "This is pretty straight forward," various forms of "circle back," and "I just emailed you." Of course since I've been out of the business awhile, I'm sure the language has evolved (?) in ways I'm not privy to. Please share those below, along with any reactions to our instructional video.