How to Avoid Mispronouncing a Name

No matter what you do, you will never be able to avoid coming across a name that you just can’t pronounce. This is doubly true as you move your way up in the sales world and start selling in countries other than your own. Here are a few easy tips to make sure that you don’t wind up looking like an uncultured asshole when you reach out to them.

Youtube. Seriously, use youtube. There are a ton of videos pronouncing anything you can imagine. Some channels are dedicated to pronouncing names. I have used this to win more than one bet.

Google. This one is a bit obvious, but feel free to ask how to pronounce a name. Along the same line of thinking, you can ask Alexa, Siri, Google Home, etc and should find what you are looking for.

Ask a gatekeeper or coworker. If you come across somebody at the organization who is trying to patch you through to the person, humbly ask them how to say the name.

If you wind up speaking with this person and hadn’t had a chance to do the research, just swallow your pride and tell them that you don’t want to butcher their name. They will ultimately appreciate you trying. A bonus here is that you’ve just broken the ice without having to jump into sales mode.