Find a nickname–a funny, memorable, loveable moniker for people to shout at you across the room.
Now I know this might scare you because you might be snubbed with a gnarly name but try to calm down. All is fair in love and war… and comedy.
I suggest doing the experiment below with friends (if you don’t have any yet or feel particularly fragile, skip this exercise and come back to it later).
Some of us are lucky (or unlucky) to be born with a sobriquet (gotta love the French). For example, my last name is “Porco” which means “pig” in Italian. I love the name and people always call me that as if they got a memo to do so.
Last names often become great nicknames.
If you are not that lucky, keep in mind that finding the perfect name is organic. It can’t be forced.
You might remember the Seinfeld episode where Costanza wanted a cool nickname and tried to get people to call him “T-bone” but instead they used it for someone else. Meanwhile he walks into a meeting holding a banana monkey-like and gets stuck with the nickname “Koko”. Hilarious stuff!
So here’s your challenge.
- Start by brainstorming a nickname you would like people to call you.
- Go to a social gathering with your friends, present your new name, and see if it takes off.
- If it doesn’t resonate with people, rest assured that another nickname might pop up courtesy of them. This is okay. Embrace it!
- Feel free to make it a game. Remind people of the Seinfeld episode. Perhaps everyone will get a nickname that night.
Self deprecation and being the butt of the joke is okay sometimes. Have fun with it and keep it light.
P.S. One of my friends, I call Pickle.