Definition of Crossed Wires

A communication error between two or more parties. This can happen when there is a misunderstanding about a task, project, or goal. Crossed wires can also happen when people are not on the same page about a decision or course of action.

Example: Three different people on the company's sales team reached out to the same customer about renewing their contract. The customer was confused by this. It turned out being a case of crossed wires within the company's sales team on who should contact the customer about the renewal.

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"Crossed Wires" is used in the workplace during meetings or emails.

The definition for "Crossed Wires" was last updated in 2023.

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Question: What does "Calendar Invite" mean?

   (A) When a person wants to meet with you next week.
   (B) An email sent to schedule a meeting with the option to either accept or decline the meeting at the scheduled time.
   (C) When a person has available time on their calendar to meet with you.
   (D) When a person does not have any time to meet with you.

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Word of the Day

Date: 05/25/2024

Word: Close It Out

Definition: To mark something as completed.

Example: This task has been fixed, so let's close it out within the task tracker.

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