Introducing Ourselves Clearly

Josh told me this story to use when, as you begin your presentation or your workshop, you want your participants in a small audience to pronounce their names distinctly.

His friend Dean was in medical school at Indiana University and a teaching physician he saw periodically introduced himself as “Dr. Tonibaroni.”  So whenever Dean saw him in the hall he would say, “Hello, Dr. Baroni.”  To which the doctor would reply, “Tonibaroni.” Dean would think, Whatever.  He just figured some people preferred first names, but he wasn’t comfortable with that, so whenever he saw the doctor he would say, “Hello, Dr. Baroni.”  Again the doctor would reply “Tonibaroni,” and Dean would think, Whatever.

This happened several times until, one day, Dean discovered to his chagrin that “Tonibaroni” was the doctor’s last name! He had a first name also, so his name was something like Joe Tonibaroni.

This is a good example to encourage the group to speak distinctly, pronouncing both names clearly so everyone can distinguish between first and last names