Ms. Nelson preferred over Ms. Mehalik

March 26, 2012
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According to a recent study, lawyers who have easier to pronounce names are favored at work.

A study out of Australia used field data on 500 lawyers in the U.S. to take a look at how names influence impression formation and decision making in the workplace. Researchers also looked at how names impact elections.

Turns out, if I were a lawyer, my married name – Nelson – would give me a better shot at a promotion than my maiden name – Mehalik. I always got a kick out of hearing people trying to say my last name.

Attorneys with more pronounceable names rose more quickly to superior positions in the firm. The researches say the ease of saying one’s name was the driving factor, not the length or cultural origins.

Turns out, politicians with simple-to-say last names also are favored in elections.

What do you think about the study? At your own firm or office, do the people in charge have simple to pronounce names?

 

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  • The Name Game
    Jennifer, First, I thought you were two people, so I am glad to have that straightened out.

    I can tell when a call is from South Bend because they get my name right on the first try.

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