Have you ever met someone that had a unique name?
Have you ever met someone with a name that you’ve heard before, but this person spells it differently?
When these things happen, you have a unique opportunity to really connect with this person. I learned this when I was an instructor at Bentley College. I was part of a group of 12 graduate students that would be teaching a course in basic computer use (MS Windows, MS Office & the Internet) and only two of us were from the USA. I remember talking to one of the people from India and asking him how to properly spell and pronounce his name. He was impressed that someone was interested enough to take the time to learn this as everyone else would ask him to use a nickname that was easier to pronounce and spell. He and I quickly became good friends.
Dale Carnegie wrote that “A person’s name is the sweetest sound to them in any language.” When you meet someone new that has a unique name, take the time to learn the proper spelling and pronunciation. This way, you’ll really stand out.