Calling A Person By Their First Name
I have a pet peeve: “Hello, I’m Christopher Jones” – answer: “Well, hi Chris.” I just want to smack them! This would apply to all abbreviations such as Bill for William, etc. This goes to the importance of the Logos. Names have deep significance. Why do people assume a nickname?
We were taught to address a new acquaintance by their title and last name, until they say “Call me Bob.” For instance, my ranch manager who is 25 years younger (and is like family) called me Chris in the beginning until a friend of mine corrected him. Our relationship works much better since he’s been calling me Mr. Jones.
It is hard to go back to a more professional tone once someone is calling you by your first name, when you want to be called Mr. Jones.
- Set boundaries.
- When leaving a voicemail or message for him, say "Mr. Jones here." Referring to yourself as Mr. Jones in his presence should help.
- Correct someone who is overly familiar by assuming that you've got a nick name.