(Closed) Is there a professional way for me to tell a customer that I'm not a guy?

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 17
13889 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Ms., or put your middle name in the signature line.  My friend has a traditionally boys name (Let’s say its Ryan) and she signs her emails “Ryan Elizabeth Smith” since her middle name is most definitely female.

Post # 19
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I like ProfessorGirl’s advice the best. Maybe run it by your boss first, if you’re unsure if it will go over well with him/her. I don’t think your boss will have an issue with you clarifying this, especially if you do so in such a professional manner. 

Post # 20
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I don’t think your boss would have an issue with clarifying this point. I’d definitely sign Ms. or Mrs. as those are fairly clear indicators.

Post # 21
2738 posts
Sugar bee

I have that problem sometimes too. I’m actually African but my name is spelled like some commom Japanese names. I’ve had folks call me Mister, ask if I speak Japanese etc. Via email of course. It doesn’t bother me. I just shrug it off. Hopefully, signing your name will give them a clue but since it’s been 2weeks, I don’t know if they will read your signature line.

Post # 22
524 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

add a signature to your emails that says Ms./ Miss./ Mrs. 

Post # 23
11231 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have a freaking female name and have been addressed as “Mr” in email correspondence before. Wtf.

Post # 24
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I would say just sign it Ms./Miss/Mrs next time, but who knows if that will correct it.  I have a very common name (first and last) and despite the fact that my work email is [email protected], and that my name is in my signature of every email, people mess it up.  Like if my name was Jane Smith, they would call me Janet or Janey or Smithy or something. 

I think sometimes people just don’t read carefully, especially if there is a language barrier.

Post # 25
2008 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My first name is Andi and any email correspondence I’m addressed as Mr.  What guy spells his nameI with an “I” at the end.  I need to dot it with a heart.

Plus, we’ve had people think we are a gay couple because we both have boy names.  Pay attention!!!

Post # 26
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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@axeyourmakeupkit:  OMG Me too!! I am so sick (used to it tho) of getting “Andy”, I started adding an “e” at the end (Andie)… 

Seems to have helped but sometimes, my boss still mocks me by writing “Andy” on stuff. Grr!




(Sorry to thread jack) 

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