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Use pronunciation keys to establish correct pronunciation of names in cross-cultural teams

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Made at Icons8.com We all know the importance of pronouncing names correctly. Especially, in a cross-cultural team. The challenge, especially with names, is that correct pronunciation of names need to be implemented correctly as early as possible. Correcting pronunciations deeper into the project/process becomes difficult and can be extremely bothersome to some team members. For instance, an Indian name like Gaganpreet can be difficult to pronounce for those not of an Indian context. And, it can be used erroneously a lot if correct pronunciation is not established right at the first go. So, how do you make sure that the pronunciations are established correctly? Use pronunciation key , nothing fancy, but words that help the team pronounce names correctly in their native language. For example, for an English non-Indian audience, the introductory slide/doc/email could mention Gaganpreet’s name as: Gaganpreet (Guh-gun-preeth) So, when Gaganpreet takes his own name during introduction, it w