It’s music to your ears!

There’s a strange phenomenon that has been proven to show that “because most people possess positive associations about themselves, most people prefer things that are connected to the self (e.g., the letters in one’s name).” It’s called the Name-Letter-Effect.

Whether or not you believe this, one thing you might like to do is to use a person’s name more in a conversation. Dale Carnegie said “that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language”. Using a person’s name shows respect and acceptance. And a helpful side effect is that you’ll get to remember it quicker!

Is it a man or a woman?

Is it a man or a woman?

Man or woman?

What do you do if you don’t know whether the person you are writing to is a man or a woman? Let’s say you know the name is Drew Barrymore. Of course, you could try and google the name. But in many cases you might find it difficult to find out. My suggestion is that you address the person as follows:

‘Dear Drew Barrymore”.