Looking for a way to let your personal stamp shine through in your next professional presentation? Embracing your regionalisms are a great place to start!
You want to bring YOU to your presentation. You want to do some business storytelling, but don't know where to start. Perhaps you're looking for something to add to your introduction, or to launch into a personal story. However, the gears are just not turning. You need some inspiration! Take a look at this great video from the folks at Mental Floss- we know you'll relate to at least one of these terms.
How can you use them? In your introduction, you can highlight how you use or eschew a certain regionalism ("I'm from Boston, but I've never said wicked in my life!"), use one to begin a pocket story ("We all know eternal struggle over to call that thing you take a drink out of- bubbler, water fountain, or drinking fountain. Where I'm from, we say water fountain, and the term bubbler is lost on me. We've got three names for our new system- how can we unify them, so we can all talk about the same thing?"), or hit everyone with a great attention grabber. ("Did you know a garbage disposal is called a garburator in Canada?")
Our individual regional slang is a unique personal stamp, and something that can be a great conversation starter. Your audience can get to know you, and you might just get to know them! Give it a try.
Our thanks to Mental Floss for another great video!