Name pronunciation is one of the most essential aspects of correct pronunciation.
Would you like to have your name pronounced correctly when your being introduced. Do you want to be able to pronounce others names correctly?
When you are going to be introduced by an MC and you want to have your name correctly introduced, here are some suggestions.
In your press kit you no-doubt have on one of your bio pages the correct pronunciation of your name. Provide the same for the MC.This will involve three types of names. Ones hard to pronounce, ones easy to pronounce but often shortened and those that are easy to pronounce but because of spelling may throw off the announcer.
You can do the same. If you are speaking the name of someone else or having someone speak your name, be prepared to have it properly pronounced.
There are a couple of ways to do this. Have both an index card and a piece of typing paper with your name on it. Have the paper be a very pale but easy to see color. Have both in with your outline, notes or what ever you bring to the presentation.
Then simply hand them to the MC.
If you have a name that is often shortened like Jonathan or Matthew, you face a unique challenge.
Having actually worked with a John Steele, it was quite frustrating to not get my mail until after he opened it. Even worse, John is not a shortened form of Jonathan.
To resolve this potential mis-introduction, I make sure and tell the MC that my name is Jonathan, not a shortened form of it. It is on purpose that the name John is not spoken. By using the wrong name it would increase the chance of the shortened name being remembered.
When people ask me if I go by Jon, outside of the name on the top of this website, I say, "My really close friends and those near and dear to me call me Jonathan."
What the MC needs to remember is either Jonathan or Do Not shorten.
What about names that are spelled differently than they are pronounced. Proper name pronunciation continues in the next section.
Click Here for a review the challenge of names spelled different than they are pronounced. Something to be aware of.