“Hey dude, it’s been a long time – good to see you.”
“Hello my friend. I trust everything is well?”
“Babe – how are you today?”

Those are 3 common GENERIC greetings that fall flat on engagement because you are not using the person’s first name. While you might think it’s cool and casual, it’s really lazy and disrespectful.

When you use DUDE, GUY, BUDDY, or BABE, you’re really saying through subtext, . . . I don’t remember your name and I don’t really care to take the time and learn your name or get to know you. And the person you’re TALKING AT doesn’t really know if you’re truly addressing them.

However, when you use the person’s first name, it will perk up their ears and you will receive their undivided attention. Your message will be heard loud and clear.

“Hey Michael, it’s been a long time – good to see you.”
“Hello Christina, I trust everything is well?”
“Ceara – how are you today?”

When you hear YOUR NAME called out…YOU. FEEL. GOOD. It’s human nature.

If you decide to stick with the generic name game then you only have yourself to blame.

Dude, that’s harsh.

Avoid the Generic Name Game

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About The Author
- Daniel is the Executive Producer and web developer of Founder's District TV. He has been a member of Toastmasters Founder's District since 2005 and is now serving as the Club Growth Director for 2015-2016.