One of the challenges in business – and life – is simply remembering names. Meetings, conferences, parties, gatherings and holiday events. I cannot tell you how many times I have met someone and then run into them a few weeks later either informally, or at another event. AND then occasionally, even worse, I can’t remember their name! I used to pretend, or hem and haw around, but these days, I just use a simple “I apologize, I don’t remember your name.” The good news, they usually laugh and admit they don’t remember mine either.
But the truth is, that we all feel special when people remember our names and use them in conversation. A few simple tricks and habits can help us to remember names.
- When introduced to someone, repeat their name back. “It’s nice to meet you, Linda.”
- Repeat, repeat, repeat. Simply say the person’s name several times in your head.
- Ask how they spell their name. This is especially helpful if the name is unusual.
- Word association. Find something about the person that you can associate with them. Rhyming works too. (Pam is wearing purple. Rachel has red hair. Lyle has a nice smile. etc)
- Make a connection. Maybe the person looks like someone in your family or someone famous. Remember the comparison.
- Keep using their name. If conversing for a while, use their name again.
- If you forget, don’t be embarrassed to ask their name again.
Do you have a unique or unusual way to remember names? I would love to hear about it!
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