Another little reminder from the WEV graduation the other night: always make sure the announcer or introducer knows how to pronounce your name.
Because I wasn't actually a speaker, but was being introduced from the audience as a mentor in the new mentor program, it slipped my mind that I would still need to check in with the emcee beforehand. When she introduced me, my name came out something like "brath-with." Or was it "brake-away?" Maybe it was "brat-way." I don't remember now. I've blocked it out.
Never assume your introducer knows how to say your name. Even simple names have a way of confusing people. I spoke to someone the other day whose last name is "Way," in fact. You would think that people would get it. But instead, they are probably overthinking it and making it "way" harder than it is.
In case you'd like a refresher or you're perplexed by my name, you can learn how to pronounce Braithwaite here.
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