Lucy Kellaway’s dictionary of business jargon and corporate nonsense
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Host a convening

Translation into plain English Hold a meeting

Perpetrator The White House

Usage example “Today, the Council on Women and Girls and the Council of Economic Advisers will host a convening at the White House focusing on opportunities for the business community and business schools to work together to encourage success for women in business.” (Spotted by Paul Handley)

Lucy’s commentary This is disappointing for two reasons. First because it knocks on the head the idea that most grandiose guff is invented by men. Second because it betrays how pointless the event is likely to be. In business there is a rule that says there is an inverse relationship between the pomposity of the name of the meeting (summit, colloque etc) and the likelihood of anything useful coming out of it.

Related: Bilateral telephonic meeting

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