Posted on: November 2nd, 2012 by Jen Mueller

Sports metaphors can be effective descriptors 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, identify its origin, explain its meaning and demonstrate how to use it in business.

Sports phrase: It’s a Layup

This is a sports phrase from basketball and similar to saying “It’s a slam dunk.”

A layup is a high percentage, “can’t miss” shot.  It’s not a flashy way to score, but it’s a fundamentally sound way to approach offense and it’s one of the basic shots in basketball.

Business Application:  In business this phrase is used to describe a situation that you would handle with ease or an expected outcome.

  •  For example:  I can connect you with Steve and make the introduction, it’s a layup.


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