Or how do you politely correct someone if they address you by the wrong name?
What if you find someone’s name incredibly difficult to pronounce?
Learning the etiquette around getting someone’s name right or having someone get yours correct does not have to be awkward if you know what to do.
Here’s an article by the Economic Times entitled, “Etiquette: The name game” that answers questions to different scenarios you could be faced with when introducing or meeting someone:
What should I do…
When approached by a person whose name slips my mind?
Smile warmly, shake hands, start the conversation with “Good to see you again” and continue chatting using general topics.
When a person calls me by the wrong name?
In a brief interaction, ignore the slip and move on. In a longer meeting, politely correct him/her during a pause in the conversation e.g. if your name’s Anil and they’re calling you Amit, say “Sorry to interrupt, my name’s Anil”.
If I find the name of some international colleague difficult to pronounce?
Diplomatically ask “You have an interesting name. How do I pronounce it?” When they say their name, repeat after them. If you are still unsure, check politely “Did I get it right?” displaying attention to detail, an asset in business.
If I forget the person’s name when introducing him/her?
Acknowledge your mistake with a humble “Sorry, today’s been a crazy day, I have forgotten your name”, forcing them to say their name.
If the introducer forgets my name?
Etiquette is about putting people at ease! Initiate a handshake, smile warmly and introduce yourself, avoiding embarrassment to your introducer.
If I have to introduce a married lady colleague who has retained her maiden name and her husband?
Today, many women executives retain their maiden name after marriage. When making an introduction, say “Meet my colleague Arati Shah and her husband Atul Naik” — this respects her choice to keep her maiden name, yet cuts out the confusion about the status of their relationship.
Learning critical elements of etiquette like getting someone’s name right, perfecting a firm handshake or making eye contact are essential to your success in the corporate environment.
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