The author and motivator Dale Carnegie says in his book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, that the sweetest sound in the English language is a person’s name. As a constant and veteran newcomer I always have to say my name. Luckily, it’s an easy name but even easy names are easy to forget. I have figured out that if I connect my name with another word it helps those who first meet you remember your moniker. For example, I will introduce myself and say, “My name is Carol, as in Christmas carol. Then, for my last name I say, “ My last name is Stratton, as in Briggs and Stratton engines, but without the fame and fortune.
My writer friend, Jeanette Levellie has a quirky name to pronounce. She helps people by saying her name is spelled “level” and then add a “lie”. In other words she’s been leveled down far enough to “lie” or be prone. Must be a very relaxed sort of person, or very level-headed.
If you want to get up to speed with people in your new community or group, consider dissecting your name and making it memorable. It just might get you that invite to that neighborhood party!