I always thought I had an easy name to hear and spell. Almost as easy as being named Jones or Smith. When people outside the motorcycle industry ask for my last name and I say “Huze”, the other person says “Ruze”, and when I say, no “Huze”, the question is “Huge”? No “Huze”. And the other person to say. Oh, ”Ruge” or “Hughes”? Like Howard? And it goes on and on. Now, imagine over the phone, especially with my accent, and worse when the other has another accent and I talk using a cell phone. Of course I have also to state my 1st name “Cyril”, a pronunciation and sound rarely heard in my adoptive country. I used to spell out the 9 letters of my full name like a good kindergarten kid, with “C” as in cat, “Y” as in yard, “R” as in Roger, etc. But if I have the time I want to show my interlocutor that I can be creative and also have college education. Here how it goes:
Cyril. “C” as in Czar. “Y” as in YMCA. “R” as in Rhinoplasty. “I” as in Iconoclast. “L” as in “Lithium”. Then Huze. “H” as in Homeopathy. “U” as in Unctuous. “Z” as Zzzzzzz. “E” as Euthanasia.
Try with your name, but of course, be ready to spend much more time on the phone. So only when you call a toll free number and never when you open a brokerage account.