Remember Remember!

Theodore Roosevelt once said no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.

Remembering a person’s name is the first step in demonstrating how much you care.

Most of us, alas, are not good at recalling the names of people we have met only briefly.

How many times have you totally forgotten the names of people you were introduced to only 10 seconds before?

The good news is that recalling names is a skill all of us can learn. Here are five helpful hints to ensure you won’t forget a name ever again.

  1. When you are introduced, pay attention so that you actively listen to their name instead of thinking about what you are going to say.
  2. Repeat the person’s name – It’s nice to meet you Jim. It’s lovely to meet you Mary.
  3. Use the person’s name again in the conversation – What do you do Jim? Where do you live Mary?
  4. Ask them about their name – what does it mean, who were they named after, how do you spell it?
  5. Add a visual image in your head. For Jim you may think of a fitness gym. For Mary, the nursery rhyme Mary Had A Little Lamb could be the visual tag.

Finally, stop telling yourself you are bad at remembering names. Start telling yourself you are good at recalling names. Believe you can or believe you can’t – either way you will be right!

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