Words of the Week – take it offline

Take it offline

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Take it offline means to talk about something after the current meeting. This term seems to come up when an agenda item gets derailed by conversation that’s off topic. Usually a senior person will say to the off-topic speaker, “Let’s take this offline. We need to move on to the next item on the agenda.”

In my experience, take it offline also shifts a conversation from a group to a one-on-one discussion, and sometimes the topic is never discussed again. In that case, take it offline is a polite dismissal.

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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