Kasey McKee, LCSW on LinkedIn: One of my favorite professional protips is to always ask how to say… (2024)

Kasey McKee, LCSW

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One of my favorite professional protips is to always ask how to say someone's name correctly. Today I made an assumption (wrong), asked how to pronounce my student's name correctly (right!), was indeed wrong and received the feedback (deal with it), apologized and then got it right (ding!) There's a long racist, classist, sexist and ageist base to normalized name mispronunciations and it's can be not only rude but can be invalidating and disrespectful. Instead, choose, honor, effort and humility. We've all been in situations where person A is like "hey Kassie, can you..." and you're like "er, it's [KAY-see]" and person A gets miffed or somehow we drift back to Kassie. Remember: it's OUR jobs to get someone else's name right, not the other way around, so just ask, take the ego hit, grow and build bonds. Sincerely, Kasey McGee, Cassie Mickey, Kassy Migee, etc.

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I agree 5000 percent and experience this mispronunciation often. Sadly, it is both invalidating, disrespectful and perpetuates the aforementioned ISMS. It is a minimum standard as a person AND professional to ask, confirm, repeat the correct pronunciation and ask the person please inform me if and when I fall short so that I can ensure accurate pronunciation. The correct pronunciation of someone's name signals that they matter as well as our interaction. Thanks for sharing this human and protip,Alicia (A-lee-see-ah)

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