My name is promotes inclusivity by highlighting individuality.
Names represent who we are and where we have come from.
Pronouncing other people’s names correctly does matter. Especially if you value dignity, respect and inclusion.
We are calling for 1000 organisations to unite in action to drive change.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
- Add your phonetic pronunciation to your email signature.
- Encourage colleagues, employees, and networks to put the pronunciation of their names on their email.
- Add phonetic options to all communication channels e.g., meetings, social media, name badges etc.
Show your commitment
Be part of the movement
1. Download the free guide
2. Organisational pledge to implement #MyNameIs
3. Download the ‘Proud to be part of the change’ logo
4. Implement #MyNameIs in your organisation
5. Display the logo on social media and email signatures.
6. Encourage individuals and colleagues to download the social media icon
The majority of us get people’s names wrong. Does it really matter?
In a poll we ran recently, out of 180 people, 73% of people have had their names mispronounced.
“The thing I’m most grateful for in our business right now is being in the company of others who truly see me. And to not be complicit in the objectification of black people as ‘others’, which is what happens when you’re the only one. That’s my name. It’s always been my name. I’m taking back what’s mine,” -Thandiwe Newton
COULD YOU PRONOUNCE THESE NAMES CORRECTLY?
SIMPLE SOLUTION, BIG IMPACT
Getting someone’s name right makes them feel accepted, included and that they belong.
“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 a sign of courtesy… When someone remembers our name after meeting us, we feel respected and more important.” – Those are the words of Joyce E. A. Russell an Organisational psychologist and leadership expert.
We have seen the positive impact on inclusivity with the addition of pronouns and we have an opportunity to build on this.
#MyNameIs – is a simple solution to normalise adding phonetic spelling to your email signature. Time to take action #ActionNotJustWords. Download the guide to see examples of phonetics and to get ‘7 simple tips to get it right’.
88% of those polled thought that the phonetic name spelling campaign is a good idea to help tackle race inequality.
A MOMENT THAT CAN BECOME A MOVEMENT FOR MEANINGFUL CHANGE
73% of respondents from more than 100 organisations said they had their names mispronounced. They told us it made them feel ‘not valued or important’, ‘disrespected’ and ‘that they didn’t belong’.
“There is nothing wrong with someone, getting the pronunciation or spelling wrong if they’re unfamiliar with your name. However, if they refuse to try to say it correctly or they call you by something else entirely, that is a bigoted choice.”- Uju Asika, Bringing Up Race.
Participants from our recent event had this to say about My name is:
“Really valuable. We have people in our organisation that westernise their names and it takes their ID away. We shouldn’t have people feeling like this.”
“I’ll definitely be taking this back to include as part of our celebration of Black History Month”