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6 Memory Tricks to Remember Someone's Name

By    |   Monday, 06 Jun 2016 09:38 PM

Your memory is an important tool for making connections with others in business and social settings. It can be embarrassing to forget a name almost immediately after an introduction, and the excuse, “I’m no good with names,” gets old. Practice these tips to improve your memory with names.

1. Focus on the introduction.
Jason Treu writes in the Brazen blog that you should not be thinking about what you are going to say next to someone you have just met. Instead, offer a firm handshake and focus only on getting the person’s name. If you didn’t hear the name, ask the person to repeat it. If it’s an unusual name, ask them to spell it for you.

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2. Make an association. Immediately after meeting someone new, try to think of a catchy association that will help jog your memory, recommends Kristi Hedges, a contributing writer for Forbes. For instance, alliterative patterns can help. If you have just met Susan who works in the sales department, you might remember, “Susan sells.”

3. Make an extra effort for unusual or foreign-sounding names. Philip Guo tells Lifehacker that most people with unconventional or challenging names are used to having to repeat them, so don’t be shy about asking if you do not get it the first time. These people also appreciate it when others make the effort to learn to pronounce and spell their names correctly.

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4. Visualize the name. According to Brazen blog, Keith Ferrazzi, a best-selling author and networking expert visualizes a person’s name stamped across their forehead. It may seem silly, but Franklin Roosevelt also used this trick, and he reportedly had great memory for others’ names.

5. Repeat the name often. Philip Guo recommends repeating the name a couple of times during a conversation to help cement it in your mind. Don’t do it too often, or it will sound phony. This trick can be especially helpful during the first minutes of a conversation with a new acquaintance.

6. Genuinely care about others’ names. Most people aren’t good with names because they are too distracted by other things vying for attention. Keith Ferrazzi notes that when you truly care about other people and making a connection, your memory for their names will greatly improve.

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