What’s in a Name?

I have a talent for remembering people’s names. But is this something you struggle with? Truth is, it’s not as hard as you think.

The first time I meet someone new, I always say their name back to them. “Hi, my name is Lauren,” and when the other person says, “Jane,” I say, “Nice to meet you, Jane.” This lets the other person know that 1) I heard their name, 2) I’m showing interest in who they are as a person, and 3) I check for clarity and understanding (What if their name is Bob, and you thought they said John? You’ll forever be referring to them as John!)

Most of the time, people will correct you if you don’t get their name right the first time. Show the person that you take an interest in them by double checking.

Another trick I recommend is to remember a small detail about them. This could be their hair color, particularly round face, bright red glasses, or the sound of their voice. Once you get this part down, you will be remembering people’s names for a long time!

I’m the kind of person where after I meet someone for the first time, I find that detail about them, and then I will remember that person forever, even if they don’t remember me! Association is a great way too. Maybe you meet someone named Jack, and you immediately think of Leonardo DiCaprio.

Maybe you are good with names, and if so, I’d love to hear what you do in order to keep tabs on the people in your life. Leave a comment below if you know of some tricks or suggestions.

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