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.
My name is: #MyNameIs
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?
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 adding of pronouns to people name and identity 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 #ActionNotWords. 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
99% of respondents thought organisations should start using it between now and or during Black History Month.
Is your organisation in?….let us know and we will include you as a Trailblazer for My Name Is.
“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.
“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”