Slingin’ Slang

Are you so “hip” that you’re square? Are your lectures and presentations peppered with words like “groovy,” “cool,” “awesome,” and “da bomb?” If so, it might be time for a slang upgrade to the words that are “lit” today. Here’s a little primer:

  • Lit – amazing, awesome.
    • Learning how to help make career decision is lit.
  • Savage – hard core
    • Today we are going to get savage about job searching techniques.
  • Live – excited, animated, fun, intense
    • Today we have Dr. Sampson talking about technology and career counseling. Trust me, it’s going to be a live experience.
  • High key/low key – high needs to be spoken; low is intended.
    • Outlining specific steps involved in career decision making with clients is high key. At the same time, we are low key about other issues such as depression that may be going on, especially early on in the process.
  • Keep it/Trash it– when you approve (or disapprove) of something.
    • So, during class, I had you create a Linked In profile. After this class is over, do you think you should keep or trash it?
  • Cancel – to reject something
    • As you look over this sample resumé, take a pen and cancel anything you think should be trashed. Highlight what you should keep.
  • Fleek – something that is perfect, on point.
  • OTP – “one true pair” – used usually in reference to a couple, but you can “couple” career terms in that way.
    • Dysfunctional career thinking and Cognitive Information Processing Theory are OTP.
    • Career and mental health are OTP.
  • BAE – “beyond anyone else” – used most often in relationships, but you could stretch it to career concepts, theories, assessments.
    • Which career theory is your BAE?
  • LBVS – Let’s be very serious
    • Ethical issues in career development? LBVS.
  • Throwing Shade – to disrespect someone
    • When you’re talking about past employers during an interview, be careful not to throw shade on them.

Sure, if we’re presenting to other professionals, we want to keep our language more sophisticated (and certainly, we want our clients to use professional language when interviewing). But, if we’re hoping to connect with clients and students, being on flee with their world – their music, their movies, their t.v. shows, their language, has the potential to demonstrate an understanding and appreciation, or at the very least, an attempt to understand and appreciate their world view. Of course, it also has the potential to end up in the BBE (biggest beating ever) for you socially. I’ve personally found if I use slang with my students in an exaggerated way, that shows I know I’m trying to be cool and probably failing at it, I get a lot of laughs and appreciation.

Can’t get enough? Want to stay brushed up on your slang? The online slang dictionary can get you set up with a slang word of the day, and you can also search for slang words that get at what you’re trying to say in normal English. (Today’s word was “delish”).



It’s Lit, Fam: An Internet Slang Dictionary


Conference Conversation Starters

Read this great article today on 100 conversation starters– especially helpful for introverts! I wish I had read these prior to the #NCDAChicago 2016 conference, but I will be putting these into practice for next year’s conference in Orlando. Some of my favorites (with my own twists) include:

  • Have you been to this conference before? (If so, that opens lots of possible follow ups, such as:
    • What are some “must see sessions” or “must do events?”
    • How has it changed from previous conferences?
    • What keeps you coming back?
    • What advice do you have for someone attending for the 1st time?”). If not, it still leads to some possible follow ups:
      • What are you looking forward to seeing/doing?
      • What made you decide to come to this one?
      • What other conferences do you usually go to? How is this one similar/different?
  • What did you think of the presentation/keynote, etc.?
    • Have you had experiences similar/different to what they were saying?
  • What’s the most interesting presentation you’ve attended so far?
  • Are you presenting? If not, “Have you thought about presenting?”
  • What kind of work do you do? Which presentation topics are of most interest to you?
  • What do you love about what you do? (that was their “ultimate” conversation starter – being a career counselor, this is right up my alley!).

What conversation starters have worked for you? What questions do you appreciate being asked at a conference?

Reflections on NCDA 2016

NCDA 2016 provided many opportunities for professional development as well as networking with so many talented and knowledgeable colleagues who are passionate about career development, technology, and career education. We had a blast sharing from our experience, as well as learning from others.

Here’s a link to some of the presentations made by FSU faculty and students. Of particular interest to those who love technology might be this presentation: 710 Sampson, J. P., Jr., Osborn, D. S., Kettunen, J., Hou, P. C., & Miller, A. K. (2016, July). The validity of socially constructed career information. Presentation at the National Career Development Association Global Conference, Chicago.


Two reminders: (1) You can still reach out to presenters and see if they are willing to share their handouts (some are uploaded to the NCDA app)! (2) The call for proposals for next year’s conference (Orlando!) will be coming out soon, so please think about submitting! We love learning from others as much as we love sharing our information! Thanks to all who came to our presentation and who talked with us afterwards! See you in Orlando 2017!