Help! I'm Shannon, not Sharon. How to deal with being addressed incorrectly in a professional environment!
I'd love some advice. I've been cultivating an important business/professional relationship with a contact over the past few months. We were introduced through a warm introduction/mutual connection, have had a phone call and have emailed a few times (mostly from my end to provide some updates).
We've been meaning to reconnect on a phone call for a few weeks and he finally sent an invite.
Only thing is he sent the invite with the title "HIS NAME + Sharon." Which I get a lot because people just look at the first 3 letters of Shannon and assume my name is Sharon. The contact has been overall very respectful and courteous in all of our other arrangements, and it has been a few months since we've corresponded, so I do not think he meant it maliciously, intentionally or to be misogynistic.
My question is how would you respond to the calendar invite so as to politely but assertively correct him so that we don't get on the phone call and it becomes even more awkward if he has truly forgotten my name and thinks I'm Sharon not Shannon.
Am I reading into this too much and should I even address it? Or should I take more offense to the fact that he hasn't remembered my name? I'm torn. I don't want to do anything to damage the relationship (if you can call it that, since he doesn't remember my name! ?) thus far since he is an important business contact for me and had agreed to introduce me to other important professional contacts that I need to advance and deliver results for my employer.