The surprising secret to speak with confidence — owning your name.
Last weekend I had the luxury of “speed networking” with high-schoolers along with half a dozen mentors.
It was a clever solution from the host to avoid the highschoolers getting on stage to introduce themselves.
During the interaction, what was varied was the angles of eye gaze of the high schoolers. What was common — all of them rolled their names at jet speeds. Eye gazes I could understand, the commonality surprised me.
Remembering names of other people is tenuous. The most abstract thing ever.
When the whole group regrouped after the introductions — this is what I had to say. “Own your name and share it in ways that makes it easy for others to remember.”
10 ways to do just that and pepper your imagination.
- Sometimes middle initial is useful in multiple ways.
Wendy’s last name is Nice. She introduces herself by including her middle initial Wendy B Nice.
William’s last name is Utt. He goes by Bill. He also uses his middle initial P to create a bigger wedge between B & Utt to sign off as B. P. Utt.
2. Sometimes the order is less important, creativity is key to make it memorable
Ranjani goes by ‘Jenny on the run’
3. Sometimes the close resemblance is a way to standout.
Cooney ( I swear there is no l in my name) is a way to sign out
4. Sometimes, the shortness of the first initial can work wonders
Ask Patricia Nut, she goes by P. Nut
5. Sometimes, clever mnemonics work better than close rhymes
Hui-min goes by ‘we mean’ as in ‘ we mean business’
Hemant is payment with a “H” in the beginning.
6. Sometimes, the story of the name works wonders.
Mithra means sun- once a upon a time. Now, Mithra has evolved to mean friend. Sumithra means good friend. I like to think of Sumithra as good sunshine.
7. Sometimes, the standout is through your last name. For chosen few you standout with just your first — like Adele.
Jim, James, Mike, David can standout with last names like Brown, Green and Spark working in the energy industry! Or Hemant who worked in the payment industry.
8. Sometimes, rhyme is not the only way to go
Chandra is like Sandra with a church beginning
9. Sometimes, prime rhyme is more than enough
Karthik is like CarThick
10. Sometimes none work, get wild — you just cook it up visually
James Berry is like berries falling on Thames River. Yes, James is English.
How do you help people remember your name?
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