Is it James or Jimmy or Jim or JimBob? LinkedIn First Names…

April 26th, 2012 | by Jason Alba |

My name is Jason. I go by Jason.  You can call me Jay (or, “J”), but hardly anyone does.  Rarely I’ve been called Jase.

I don’t really care… call me whatever you want.  Most people just call me… Jason.

But what about people with names that are commonly nick-named?  William (Bill), Jonathan (Jon, Jonny, etc.), Rebekah (Becky), Penelope (Penny), etc.??

I try and call people by the name they typically go as.  When a telemarketer calls me and uses my first name (which is NOT Jason), I immediately know they are not my friend… because no one except telemarketers call me by my first name.

So, I’m sensitive to what I call people.  Is it James or Jim? Some people really, really care!

Here’s a trick I recently tried, and it worked!  Scroll down and look at the Recommendations.  I was reaching out to a James, wondered if it was a Jim, and found that every single Recommendation he had addressed him as James.

Mystery solved, thanks to the Recommendations :)

  1. 5 Responses to “Is it James or Jimmy or Jim or JimBob? LinkedIn First Names…”

  2. By Adi Gaskell on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Interesting. Strictly speaking I’m an Adrian, but everyone calls me Adi, so that’s how I refer to myself in my profile name. Makes it much easier that way.

  3. By Charlie PA Tpk on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I’m generally known as a Charlie, with a few exceptions:

    - I was once hired to perform IT support, and the manager asked what I preferred to be called, noting that she had just last month gone through a nasty divorce from her now-ex ‘Charlie’. So without missing a beat I said ‘Call me Chuck’.

    - After having having been unemployed for 3 months, I was very pleased to be back in the game. My new co-workers asked what they should call me, and being willing to accomodate, I said ‘Charlie, Chuck, whatever.’ One guy asked ‘What does your wife call you?’ and I immediately replied ‘Well, asshole, but …’

    For 3 years, that guy began every individual e-mail to me with ‘AH’.

  4. By Jason Alba on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    @Adi – I like how you do that… and wish others would do the same. For example, if you never go by James, why put James in the first name field? This is not a contract or legal agreement, right?

    @Charlie – LOL that totally cracks me up!!

  5. By Will Kintish on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    My mentor and guiding light, Dale Carnegie said 75+ years ago

    ” A person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language”

    This will be relevant for ever

    ( not Bill, not William, not Willy!)

  6. By Thomas Kenny on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    @Jason, excellent tip, thanks! Thomas (aka Tom, Tommy, …)

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