I am in the process of designing my first batch of business cards and considering putting the phonetic spelling of my surname beside it, in a faded font. My surname is foreign (much like me).
What I want to accomplish by doing so is giving new acquaintances the confidence to pronounce my name without worrying about getting it wrong. It's also a novel thing to do and I believe it could enhance first impressions by showing me to be thoughtful. Yet there are several problems I can see after thinking about it for a bit:
- I don't mind people mispronouncing my name. I'm a foreigner in the UK, I learned to live with it.
- Putting the phonetic spelling in might give the impression that I do care about how they pronounce it, which could derail the "confidence" objective.
- Most people get it right anyway, with some minor intonation mistakes.
- Despite my name being easy to spell in the PhA, I suspect many people trust their skill of reading that even less than their ability to pronounce foreign words correctly.
With the above points in mind I don't think I should proceed with the plan, but I'm not sure if my fears are justified. Of course I could do the same in my CV, which has a completely different character as a document.
Have you ever seen this done? Would it help first impressions at all? And finally, what would a hiring manager's reaction be if this were on a CV?