My last name has been the butt of jokes and a general curiosity to people all my life. But I never thought of it as a career liability, until now!
I just read through a study by professors at a trio of universities titled “The name-pronunciation effect: Why people like Mr. Smith more than Mr. Colquhoun” and it’s not good news for the Tahminicioglus of the world.
Turns out, people with hard-to-pronounce names are judged more negatively than the Jones and Smiths out there; and, the easy to pronounce among us are more apt to have higher-ranking positions.
The report by researchers at the University of Melbourne, Australia; University of Leuven, Belgium; and New York University found: (more…)