Thursday, January 23, 2014

3 Tricks to Remember Names

How many times have you been at a major event, had a great conversation with someone and then forgot their name? It happens to all of us. However, using someone's name is important to closing deals and forging alliances. It makes them feel special. Why do you think Starbucks is able to cell ten cent coffee for five dollars a cup? The coffee isn't special, the experience is! Your name is part of the Starbucks experience.

If you need help remembering the names of people you meet then continue to read. I've come up with some great tips for you.

1. Ask the person to spell their name. Even if the person's name is 'Bob' ask him to spell it. He may seem surprised by this and that is ok. I find being honest with people as to why you're asking acts as a great icebreaker within itself.

2. Make a mental association. This seems obvious, but it works. If a man is wearing a funny tie- I refer to him as Funny Tie Bob or Pink Gucci purse Brenda. This trick really does work for face-to-name recall.

3. Repeat the person's name twice after you met him or her to him or her in conversation. This will help you get used to the face and name syncing together.

If all else fails, admit you forgot the person's name. It may make him or her (even you) cringe for a second, but you will move on and so will the other person. Don't be afraid to admit you forgot the name , ask for the name and then continue on the with the conversation.

Until next time,

Twyla

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