This article was originally posted on the GoCD blog.
Years ago, when I was in management, I had a favorite rule. If asked “is something done?” the answer could not include the word “except” or any of its synonyms.
“It’s done except for…” = “no”.
I’m totally guilty of using the term “guys” on a fairly regular basis, even when giving talks in public. It’s very close to my “um”.
I want to stop. I really do. So, I’m giving myself an incentive.
I’ll donate $5 to Black Girls Code for every time I use the term “guys” in a public talk. Yes, I’m starting only with public talks so I can still pay the mortgage.
Do you use the word “guys” when talking to groups of people? Join me!