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October 10, 2014

"All Over the Place" - Idioms and Phrases in the USA

Meaning of Idiom: All Over the PlaceThe client told us that the meeting was "all over the place". Is this a good thing?  

Typically, this is not a compliment. When an American (or an English speaking Westerner) would say something is 'all over the place', they are communicating that they can't find order, logical thought, or process in what is being done. To find out about what is wrong, it's appropriate to ask indirect questions that blame you or your team for the miscommunication like: 
  • Where can I fill in the blanks or read between the lines?
  • Is there something our team can explain differently?
  • What are we missing? Do you have suggestions to help us get back on track?
For more about this idiom, listen to Jennifer's thoughts in the video tutorial below.

To help your team learn more about getting on track and preparing and following through on meeting agendas that speak to your Western counterparts so that things aren't all over the place in their eyes, contact Jennifer Kumar to guide your team on meeting etiquette and thought processes of Westerners to help your global talent understand each other better and "be on the same page".  Contact her here.

Related posts:  
Saying no to a meeting request 
More than 30 idioms, phrases and slangs used by native English speakers  
Ways to build confidence and trust with Americans  

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Authentic Journeys: Bridging Culture on Virtual Teams

We help build effective, culturally competent global teams with focus on the cultures of the USA and India. Jennifer Kumar, Managing Director, an American citizen, has almost 10 years experience living, studying and working (owning a business) in India. Authentic Journeys Consultancy is registered as a Private Limited in India (Kerala) and an LLC in the USA (Salt Lake City, Utah). We provide onsite and live-online instructor-led courses, facilitation and corporate coaching.