LinkedIn announced today a new feature that lets you record your name's correct pronunciation and add that audio clip to your profile. The audio will be accessible to anyone visiting your profile.
The company says the feature is intended to help your contacts understand how you prefer your name to be pronounced. On the other hand, you can also visit the profiles of other users in order to learn the proper pronunciation of their names, assuming they have made their own recording available. LinkedIn noted that correct pronunciation is "an important part of making a good first impression and creating an inclusive workplace".
It is worth noting that recording your name pronunciation can be done only via LinkedIn's mobile apps. On both iOS and Android, you can get started by tapping on your profile photo and selecting View Profile. Then tap on the edit button and the "+Record name pronunciation" option next, after which you'll need to hold the record button to record your name. If you're satisfied with the result, tap on the "Use" option, and finally save it. Otherwise, you can always cancel and take another shot at it.
Keep in mind that the total recording time is 10 seconds only. LinkedIn also recommends recording in a setting with low background noise and speaking each syllable clearly. Your recorded audio will then appear next to your name in your introduction card. Although audio recordings can be made only through mobile, anyone can listen to the clip via any device.
The feature will be made available starting this week. Next month, it will be rolled out to all members worldwide.