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Getting your name wrong

Getting your name wrong

People with strange names may feel they are at a disadvantage when their colleagues keep on using the wrong name.

Getting a name wrong may be unintentional, but it doesn't make it less irresponsible and unprofessional. However, there are some strategies you can employ.

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Strategies when someone repeatedly mess up your name

Our names are part of our identity, and when someone gets it wrong, it can feel like disrespect. However, there are a few ways you can gently call someone out when they call you by the wrong name.

  • Ask a clarifying question. Offer a warm smile and ask, "Did you just call me Sam by accident?" It allows them to apologise and confirm the correct name.
  • Offer a correction. "My name is Talisa, by the way. Just think Lisa with a Ta in front of it."
  • Do it in writing. Include the phonetic spelling of your name.
  • Find peers and explain the situation so that they may advocate for you.

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