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Helpful Tips for Remembering Names

Alberto Barros Alberto Barros , 5/5/2014
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Do you ever get annoyed or upset when someone calls you by the wrong name or simply forgets your name? There are a lot of emotions tied to our names. Names are extremely important as it is usually the first thing we learn about a person. No matter what industry you’re in, learning someone’s name can be the key to building rapport and maintaining relationships with co-workers, clients, etc.

There are a ton of tips and techniques out there to help you remember a person’s name. Here are a few to keep in mind when meeting someone new:

  • Say the name out loud as soon as possible – “Hi Katie, nice to meet you”
  • PAY ATTENTION to the person when they are introducing themselves – This may seem like a given, but often times when we meet new people there is an agenda. So when the person introduces themselves, we are so preoccupied with the content of the conversation that is coming after the introduction that we forget to pay attention to the person’s actual name.
  • Ask a question including their name
  • Repeat, Repeat, Repeat – saying the person’s name several times in your head or glancing at their business card while you are talking to them may help it stick in your mind! Also, try using their name a few times throughout the conversation.
  • When all else fails, there’s an app for that!Namerick – Remember Names” is a great way to help remember names.   This app for your smartphone allows you to enter information about the people you meet and it uses keywords and reminders to help keep the name in your brain. It costs $.99 in the app store.
  • Do not call people by a nickname if they haven’t told you it’s OK to do so first! It’s best to play it safe and use the exact name they use when introducing themselves until they tell you otherwise.

Start today by committing yourself to learning two new names of people you meet within your industry each day. Remembering names could be the most useful key to building your successful network!

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