I was a December graduate from college. This meant that I had a much smaller graduation ceremony than the rest of my classmates. So small in fact that our class president called us each up to the stage, by name, to get our diplomas. The spotlight was on.
Then I remember my name being called out, clear as a bell. Christopher WAH-Ray.
My last name is Ware. As in software, hardware, or as in kids in elementary school liked to remind me, underware. This guy kinda ruined my graduation moment by pronouncing my name wrong. And my last name isn’t really hard to pronounce!
And then there’s first name issues…..Try calling an “Ahn-DRAY –ah” instead “Ann-DREE-ah” and see how far that gets you on an ad sales call.
So what do you DO about all those people in your sales database with challenging, even crazy-sounding (to you) first and/or last names? [Read more…]