Remembering a person’s name is one of the greatest compliments you can give. It subtly tells them that you think they are important. Lately I have taken it upon myself to become a guy that is great with names. I have referred to myself as terrible with names, but no longer. Here are the ways I am using to remember names better:
I make sure to repeat the person’s name at least three times in the conversation. This cements the name into your brain.
2. Correlate a Trait to Their Name
A good way to remember names is to make a connection with their name and a trait. For example, Tim with black hair. When you see him again, the black hair will actually help you remember his name.
Make a silly rhyme out of the person’s name and you will be amazed at how it sticks in your brain. A quick example would be, John loves Pokemon.
4. Write it down later
If later in the day you write the name down and remember the face, i promise you will never forget that person’s name. Even typing it into your cell phone will work.
Now, if you forgot their name what should you do?
1. Ask someone else
I would first ask someone who knows his or her name. This is a safe approach that most people do instinctively.
2. Introduce the person to someone you know
Introduce him or her, but gesture for the person to say his own name. It sounds harder than it really easy. People are accustomed to saying their name when meeting someone new, so take advantage of this.
3. Ask them
It is really not that bad if you ask the person. It actually does show that you are interested. Say something like this, “I am terrible sorry, but your name escapes me. What was it, again?” Everyone forgets names, they will understand.
Remember, a person’s name is the sweetest sound in the world to them. Give them a compliment and make an effort to remember it.
Have any other great ways to remember names? I would love to hear about them.