Perhaps I am an old fogie, but I find it extremely off-putting when people in business whom I have never met before take it upon themselves to address me by my first name. There is also the age factor that plays into this. I am 66 years old and think that by the time people reach our age, a little respect is not too much to hope for. I was raised in a day and time in which first names were not used until an invitation was offered, as in, "Please call me by my first name." I find this especially annoying at a physician's office. How is it I have to call her "Dr. Whomever," when her staff (who are in their twenties) calls me by my first name? (I am also a "Dr. Whomever", BTW.) I am not comfortable being on a first-name basis with my physician, nor do I appreciate it when people such as mortage lenders, bankers, and other business people say "Well, hello, (first name), I'm glad to meet you." I was always taught in my culture (French) that first names are for family and close friends. I find that I really do not like being "first-named" when commencing a business relationship. (I always show the other party respect by calling them "Mr. Smith" or "Ms. Jones," etc.) How do you handle this, please? If anyone could give me any suggestions I would be very grateful. Thank you.