So how bad do you feel right after you meet a potential new client for the first time and you can’t remember their name? Â Well with this blog by, Laura Hale Brockway, gives youÂ 7 tips to help you remember the names of the people you meet! Â So the next time you meet someone new, remember to put these tips to use and start remembering all those names!
Thereâ€™s no easy way to admit this, but I am horrible with names.
I shake hands with someone Iâ€™ve just met, the person says his or her name, and within 10 seconds Iâ€™ve forgotten the name. And since Iâ€™ve just started a new job, I am beyond frustrated with my memory problem.Â Grrrrr.
As PR professionals, we all know the importance of building rapport and maintaining relationship with clients. That can be difficult when you canâ€™t remember the name of the guy sitting next to you at lunch.
Never fear. There are plenty of techniques and tricks from business pros and memory experts to help you remember names. Below is a brief description of some of the most effective tips. As I continue meeting people at my new job, Iâ€™ll be using these:
1. Pay attention to the personâ€™s name when itâ€™s said.Â This may seem obvious, but itâ€™s not always easy to do. Sometimes people introduce themselves and then jump right in and ask a question. Youâ€™re busy focusing on the question and not paying attention to the name. Or maybe youâ€™ve been introduced to a big group of people at the same time and you donâ€™t remember who was who. Do your best to register each name.
2. Say the name aloud as soon as possible.Â Repeat the name to yourself and then use it in a sentence. â€œItâ€™s nice to meet you, Cindy. What did you need my help with?â€ Then repeat the name to yourself again. End the conversation by using the name again. â€œIâ€™ll be looking for that email from you, Cindy.â€
3. Comment on the name.Â This may seem like something George Costanza from â€œSeinfeldâ€ might do, but finding a way to comment on the name does help. â€œI have a cousin named Cindy.â€ â€œDo you spell Cindy with a â€˜yâ€™ or an â€˜iâ€™? â€œIs your last name one word or two?â€ â€œWhat does your last name mean?â€
4. Associate the name with something meaningful.Â If the personâ€™s name is Brian and your brother is named Brian, tie them together. Picture them standing next to each other. Another trick: Associate the personâ€™s name with what they told you about themselves. Peter owns his own PR firm, has two boys, and likes to play soccer.
5. Form a visual association between the face and the name.Â From the personâ€™s physical appearance, create a mental picture of one thing that stands out and associate that with the name. If Sarah is short, remember short Sarah. David Green has brown eyes.
6. Keep looking at the personâ€™s name tag or business card.Â As you are speaking, keep the personâ€™s business card in your hand. Glance at the name on the card and at the person, or from the name tag to the person. This will help you associate the face with the name. After the event, write notes about the person on the back of his or her business card.
7. Thereâ€™s an app for that.Â If these tips fail, there is an app designed to help you remember names. â€œNamerickâ€ lets you enter information about the person you just met and it uses mnemonics, keywords, and reminders to keep the name in your brain. Of course, you have to remember to use it.