Posted on: August 31st, 2012 by Jen Mueller

Sports metaphors can be effective at work – if everyone is on the same page and understands the correct meaning.  Each week we’ll take a look at a familiar sports phrase or metaphor in business, discover its sports origin, explain it’s meaning and demonstrate how to use it in business.

 

Communication Skills, Relationship Building, Talk Sporty to MeSports phrase: Hit it out of the park

This is a baseball phrase that describes what happens when a player hits a home run.  A home run is the best possible outcome for a hitter during an at bat and in many ways is the most impressive way to score.  The opposing team can’t field the ball if it goes over the fence or out of the park, so there is no chance to stop the hitter from scoring.

Business Application: In business the phrase is used to describe outstanding effort.

  • For example: Melissa really hit it out of the park with her sales pitch last week.

That means Melissa achieved the best possible outcome and did it in spectacular fashion.  No one came close to getting in her way.

 

*Take these definitions with a grain of salt.  They’re based on years of being a fan, more than a decade in sports broadcasting and Jen’s status as America’s Expert Talker.