Friday, March 14, 2014

How important is it to remember someones name.

Some people posses an amazing ability to remember a persons name right away.  I on the other hand do not. For me, I can remember the face but not the name. That approach is often times frustrating. 

If you stop and think about it, what better way to make someone feel important than by remembering their name. 
The times I have been able to recall someones name brought a smile to their face, and they became a little more invested in the conversation.  

In the article 5 tricks to remembering anybodies name  it said that there might not be any other skill that can make someone else feel more valued than recalling their name.
How can you incorporate these tricks the next time you meet someone new?

1. Repeat names throughout the exchange.
Sounds like a good idea, but I would not do it so much that it's annoying to the other person.

2. Make mental associations.
Does he look like Brad Pitt, Mike Ditka or  Richard Simmons?

3. Study names in print.
Right it on a post-it note, and stick it on your computer screen or mirror. 

4. Ask for clarification for difficult names.
I will actually ask the person I am talking with how they spell their name if it's difficult. By doing that they have to not only repeat their name, but they have to spell it to. 

5. If you forget a name, address it head on.
"I'm sorry, but can you please tell me your name again." 

In his book How to win friends and influence people, Dale Carnegie writes 
"remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language."

1 comment:

  1. Very good article! This is exactly how I remember people's names!