The Downward Trend

A91C99A2-9BF3-4783-A70B-7CAED48AE3B0The financial analyst stood up in front of the group of employees sitting in the small auditorium at the company headquarters. He began speaking in a sort of sing-song, almost melodious voice. His manner of speaking generated a few sniggers from the group in attendance.

He explained that he was brought in to analyze the company’s sliding fortunes. Sales were down, the stock price was tanking, and morale was low. His job was to come up with strategies to reverse the slide. He turned off the auditorium lights and projected a PowerPoint presentation on the screen, displaying graph after graph illustrating the company’s poor performance.

He talked about the need to halt the downward trend and to chart a course that would improve corporate performance. He encouraged the attendees to think outside the box, to use their ingenuity to get things back on track in order to charge up the corporate numbers. He droned on for about twenty minutes, using all the business jargon and corporate buzzwords that one could possibly conjure up.

At the end of his PowerPoint presentation the analyst turned on the auditorium lights. It should have been no surprise that nearly everyone in the room was asleep.


Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (analyst), Word of the Day Challenge (melodious), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (chart), Ragtag Daily Prompt (ingenuity), and Your Daily Word Prompt (charge).

6 thoughts on “The Downward Trend

  1. msjadeli June 27, 2019 / 11:10 am

    I have been to at least a zillion of these kinds of meetings. Glad no more of those since retirement.

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  2. leigha66 July 2, 2019 / 9:25 pm

    It takes the right person to lead a meeting with any kind of excitement… they are too often snooze-worthy.

    Liked by 1 person

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