What was the name of the last person you met?
If you are in a role where you continually meet new people, how do you remember their names?
We are all incredibly vain and enjoy hearing the sound of our name. Given our vanity when it comes to our name, how do we ensure we get it right when we don't see people on a consistent basis?
Remembering someone's name creates a connection with them and makes them feel important, valued, and noticed. It also helps them to trust you.
In a telephone or in-person conversation, it is recommended that you use a person's name at least three times.
Forgetting someone's name whom you have met before, or even worse, whom you were just introduced to, can be perceived as rude, and is certainly embarrassing. Unfortunately, as we age, remembering names becomes more difficult. A Psychology Today article found that 85% of middle-aged and older adults forgot names on a regular basis.
Here are 5 Tips for remembering names from a Forbes article written ten years ago (Hedges 8/21/2013) that still work today:
1. Meet and Repeat - When you are introduced to someone, plug their name into the conversation a few times and make sure you use their name when saying goodbye.
2. Spell It Out - When you meet someone with an unusual-sounding name, ask them to spell it out. In addition, when putting someone's name into your contacts, include identifying information such as their appearance, interests, or previous employment history.
3. Associate - Try to connect a person's name with a picture image of something that sounds like their name. In addition, try using alliterative patterns such as, "Bob from Buffalo."
4. Make Connections - Another helpful association is to make a connection with the person you met and someone else you know. For example, "Julie like my sister." Another trick is to identify the person you meet with someone famous who might look like them and have the same first name.
5. Choose To Care - If you make a conscious decision that the person you are meeting is important and you want to remember their name, then most likely you will, because you choose to care about them.
With all the distractions going on when we meet other people, remembering names can sometimes be difficult. But if you can learn and apply techniques to mastering this skill, you will make people feel recognized, valued, and important.
Please watch the video below to learn more about the importance of remembering names and leave me a comment if you have additional tips and techniques for committing names to memory.
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Terry is a sought after speaker who believes in the power of a story to motivate, inspire, and help others lead their uncommon and extraordinary lives. By combining his eleven-year cancer journey with his diverse business, athletic coaching, and hostage negotiating expertise, he delivers compelling yet relatable presentations for conferences, on-line events, panels, meetings, and seminars.