Now I know I have a difficult name, KIRSTEN (sounds like Ker-sten, rhymes with worsten or thursten or bursten: pretty sure I just made all those words up, but you get the idea), it’s a tricky one. People often mistake it for Kjersten or Krisin or Kristine or Krissy (I’m not making that last one up, I seriously got called it last week). Since I’ve had this name [problem] my whole life, I’ve gotten over the mispronunciations thrown my way, I don’t even necessarily hear people say it wrong anymore (Krissy caught me off-gaurd however!). I hear a Kristin and I turn in that direction just in case. Honestly, people get it wrong more than they get it right.
There is one small thing that does drive me crazy, I must say it’s one of my bigger pet peeves: when people respond to an e-mail that has my e-mail signature at the bottom of it that clearly states the correct spelling of my name, however they neglect to spell it right in their response.
When an e-mail has that in the conclusion, I mean my e-mail address even spells my name in it, how can you respond with a “Hi Kristin, thanks for your e-mails.”? And I’m not getting this from just anyone, this client yesterday was a personal injury attorney, shouldn’t they be paying attention to peoples’ names in that they represent people with odd names everyday? How about a salesperson who wrote me last week hoping to get some of my business but wrote, “Thanks Kristine” at the conclusion of her sales pitch…let’s just say I won’t be buying.
Basically people are totally oblivious, and even after 28 years of hearing it wrong, it still doesn’t mean people should SPELL it wrong!