Write whatever you want about me, just spell my name right

Write whatever you want about me, just spell my name right

According to Dale Carnegie, the sweetest sound in the world is hearing the sound of your own name.

Mispronounce it however, and it’s like a record player needle quickly scratching across the surface.  In this day and age of email, social media and texting, seeing your name miss-spelled creates the exact.  same.  feeling.

People called me by my last name when I was young.

“Jennifer” was one of the most common names and my maiden name was….less common.  There were always a handful of Jennifer’s in any crowd, so anything to differentiate made it easier on everyone.

Later in life, I was coined “Jenn.”  Three syllable names are a lot of work and let’s face it, nicknames are cool. Without so much of a thought I always knew it was “Jenn” with two n’s.  Similar to how a shortened version of William was always, without question, “Will.”

Whether it’s Cathy or Kathy, Jon or John, Michele or Michelle it’s important to get it right.

To err is human…. but when a name is in an email signature or on a profile and you still can’t get it right, it’s time to pause, take a deep breath, slow down and:

“Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important (thing) in any language.”

Why is it so important to use people’s  proper name?

A person’s name is the greatest connection to their own identity and individuality. Some might say it is the most important word in the world to that person.

It is the one way we can easily get someone’s attention. It is a sign of courtesy and a way of recognizing them. When someone gets our name right, we feel respected and important. It makes a positive and lasting impression. To not get a name right, especially when it is right there in front of you, is to make that person feel slighted. It also decreases your credibility in whatever message you are trying to convey to them.

Be mindful.

We are all busy.  You may get a ton of emails, with a lot of the same requests.  Maybe you have people wanting to offer you something or give you stuff?  All should be treated with importance. You may not really care what someone is writing to you and be more focused on how you want to respond.  In any scenario, remember the name because your message loses impact when you don’t get it right.




Jenn Bodnar

Jenn Bodnar is the owner of  Yoga Digest and has a genuine belief that yoga can benefit everyone. She is 200ERYT having attended multiple teacher trainings, facilitating yoga teacher trainings and studying and practicing yoga since 1999. Jenn is an avid fitness professional, who has taught and managed group fitness for many years. As a former competitive triathlete, gymnast and dancer Jenn loves the balance of strength, flexibility, perseverance and freedom that yoga provides. She is mother to three energetic boys and  loves being active and outdoors with her family and friends. Jenn oversees LifePower Yoga studio in North Dallas, is a self proclaimed health food chef and hopes to leave a positive footprint by inspiring others to choose happiness and speak their truth. “Watching people grow through yoga is one of the most amazing miracles to witness.”