How to Address a Goodwill Ambassador

How to Address a Goodwill Ambassador

—–Envelope:  How to Address a Goodwill Ambassador
—–—–Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Full Name)

—–—–(Address)

—–Address block on a letter or email relating to their service as a goodwill ambassador:  How to Address a Goodwill Ambassador
—–—–Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Full Name)

———-Goodwill Ambassador of (Organization)
—–
—–(Address)

—–Introduction:
—–—–Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Full Name), Goodwill Ambassador of …
—–—–Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Full Name), who served as a Goodwill Ambassador of …

—-Conversation:
—–—–Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Surame)

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

—–#1) Former goodwill ambassadors do not have a special form of address. Being a goodwill ambassador is a role or job – not a diplomatic rank one is granted & keeps. Current and former goodwill ambassadors are formally addressed with the honorific to which they are entitled in their private life and (when appropriate) identified as a goodwill ambassador.

—–#2) Current goodwill ambassadors are not addressed like an diplomatic ambassador. That means they are not addressed as ‘the Honorable (Full Name)’,  ‘His/Her Excellency (Full Name)’, or as ‘Ambassador (Name)’. Current goodwill ambassadors are addressed with the honorific to which they are entitled ‘Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Name)’ and identified after their name as a ‘Goodwill Ambassador’.

—–In writing this would be:
—–Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Full Name), Goodwill Ambassador of ….

—–Salutation and Orally in Conversation:
—–Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Surname)

—–When introducing a goodwill ambassador use:
—–Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Full Name), is a Goodwill Ambassador of …

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

A goodwill ambassador asking to be addressed as ‘Ambassador (Name)’ is like someone with an honorary doctorate the asking to be addressed as ‘Dr. (Name)’. Those who have been awarded an honorary doctorate do not have an academic degree: they have an ‘honor.’  Honors are correctly listed on a resume/CV with honors and awards … not as education.

Some people with honorary doctorates want to be addressed as ‘Dr. (Name)’.  If they think they have a degree, they should apply for a teaching position at a university and see if the faculty thinks they have a doctorate.

– Robert Hickey

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.

Not Finding Your Answer?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"