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Linked: New Research: Jargon Is a Sign of Insecurity, Not Smarts

“The more worried people are about their status, the more buzzwords they use.”

Man, the Legal Technology industry must be full of some of the most insecure people in the world, no?

Personally, I think it is, and I think it’s mostly because truly understanding this stuff is hard, and understanding anything well enough to be able to explain it simply to other people is hard. And when you combine both of those things, not to mention the fact that even if you do understand it pretty well, there is always someone who knows it better than you?

Yeah, you’re going to get a lot of jargon, because that’s easier.

Think about it, how many people can really, simply, explain TAR and CAL? Or “Data Lakes”? The one’s who can explain them without relying on jargon, are the ones you need to hang on to, because they are the ones who will help bring everyone into the fold by teaching them. You absolutely want that on your team.

And, if you think you “know” what all this legal technology does, ask yourself a simple question. Can you explain it using common, every day language, to someone so that they, in turn, understand it? If not, then you don’t understand it well enough. Get back to work, though I admit it is a never-ending journey. 😉

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