Today we're focusing on your name and title.
- You should always include, at the very least, your first and last names as you commonly use them.
- You may want to indicate a courtesy title that indicates your gender or position (Mr., Ms.), either before or after your name. Remember, your name may not be as gender-specific in other cultures as it may be in your own. For example, "Kari" is a female in Norway and a male in Finland! The recipients of your email may appreciate knowing this information to help them avoid potentially embarrassing mistakes.
- If you use a nickname, consider including it in parentheses as well:
(Mr.) Christopher ("Chris") Landers
This may help to prevent confusion, especially when communicating with others who may not be familiar with nickname conventions in your culture.
- Give your complete title. In some cultures, this is considered very important there are those who will want to understand where you "fit" in the hierarchy of your organization.
- Completely spell out your title. For example, don't expect others from outside your culture to understand that "Assoc." means "Associate", "Dir." means "Director" and "VP" means "Vice President". Don't make people guess!
Here's how I do it:
(Ms.) Ruth Marie Sylte, M.A.
Good luck with that Global Tuneup™! Let me know if you have other suggestions!