How many times have you been introduced to someone only to find yourself not remembering that person’s name seconds later? If you are like most people, it has probably happened once too many times.
And, if you have a job where you function in the public arena–politics, law, sports..etc…you may meet countless people each day. Obviously, you can’t be expected to remember the names of everyone you meet…but ,you can try to at least remember the names of a handful of people you meet on a given day whom you may have to talk to later on in the not too distant future.
How do the pros do it? How do some seemingly remember names right off the bat?
There are several methods that work–associating a name with something else..an object, for example, to make it easier to recall.
But, while attending a networking function the other week, I heard one expert on the subject talk about what she–and now I–think works best.
Easy Techniques for Remembering People’s Names
When first being introduced to someone, upon hearing that person’s name, use it in a sentence at least three times right away.
The Person: “High, my name is Roberta.”
You: “Nice to meet you Roberta.”
The Person: “Nice meeting you,too.”
You: “Roberta, where are you from?”
The Person: “From New Jersey.”
You: “I’ve been to New Jersey several times, Roberta. I think it is a wonderful state.”
One can only hope your conversations are far more interesting than the one above…but you get the idea. Try it and see if it works for you……er…..sorry, I forgot your name.
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