Updated: Jun 14, 2019
5 AM Wake-up/Day 2/No Snooze
I came across a topic yesterday while writing an e-mail. I went on to rant in my e-mail for several sentences and decided I needed to write about it: names.
My particular issue is when people claim that they are "bad with names." No you aren't. You just don't care enough.
I'm not talking about the ability to remember the name of every person you've ever met a time or two. That takes super powers. It's science apparently (This Is Why You're Terrible With Names).
I'm talking about people who don't care enough to learn how to pronounce and spell the names of people that they see everyday: people with whom they claim to have relationships.
It's lazy, it's unacceptable and it sends the wrong message.
As a college baseball coach, I spend an exorbitant amount of time pleading with the players that I am privileged to lead to pay attention to detail, to take pride in doing the little things right.
If I can't spell their names right on a practice plan, or pronounce it right when addressing them, I am contradicting myself.
Actions speak louder than words.
I think it's important to note that I don't have a dog in this fight, or at least not a big dog. The worst thing you can do to my name is call me Justin Woodard...or spell Woody with an ie...come on Starbucks, Woodie, seriouslie?
I'm sure a guy named Mike Krzyzewski was elated as a boy when somebody spelled his name right, and, no doubt, he tutored many on the pronunciation.
Care enough to get the names right. Especially if you are in the relationship business. It's important, and it's not that hard. There is tremendous value in it.
Many of us might not appreciate our names being spelled right as much as Chiwetel Umeadi Ejiofor, but most of us, especially Jack Jones, will notice when you spell it wrong.
Pay attention to detail.
Do the little things right.