How to Make Better Introductions and Remember Names (Part 2)
Making introductions is hard. Remembering names is even harder. In Part 2 of this series, the Public Speaker shares her 5 secrets for always remembering the names of people you meet.
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Tip #3: Repeat It
Maybe your memory works better using sounds. Whether it is in your head or out loud, repeating someone's name when you first meet them is very effective. Use the person’s name in a sentence when you are introduced. “So what is your role in the company, Garrett?” or simply, “Nice to meet you, Sylvia.” And if Sylvia has silver hair, that’s a bonus - a visual and auditory memory cue! Repeat the name as you make eye contact.
Once you’ve met someone, repeat the name in your head a few minutes later, then repeat again an hour later, and then again the next day. Say it out loud if it helps. Imagine yourself introducing that person to your friend in a future setting. Just repeat!
Another way to use the sound of someone’s name is in a song. You can make up a song or use a commercial jingle and substitute something about the person for the lyrics. The jingle “Nationwide is on your side” can be used for “Tony is in real estate!” or “Jennifer is Eva’s mom!”
Tip #4: Connect New Names With People You Already Know
My friend had a hard time remembering her new neighbors she briefly met while out walking near her home. Once she got their names again, which were David and John, she remembered them in the future because she has a cousin named John David. This technique helps when you meet several people at the same time. I can remember certain acquaintances’ names because I already have family members and friends with the same names.
Remember Names Tip #5: Be Honest and Just Ask
Most people forget names. It is very common in social and professional situations. If nametags are available, I like to write my name with a title or characteristic unique to me. For example, “Lisa – Author.” This will help others remember my name, and I always appreciate when someone does the same with their nametag. Whenever there is no nametag to identify someone, and you’ve forgotten his or her name, simply say, “I’m sorry, I didn’t catch your name.” Do this shortly after the introduction. Or be more specific, for example, “I enjoyed your insight on x,y,z, but I forgot your name.” At least they’ll know they made an impression on you.
Before introductions begin, make sure to pay attention in the first place. Most people don’t catch names from the very beginning because they are thinking about what to say while being introduced. So once you’ve heard the person’s name, try using any of the above techniques. Connect names with images, sounds, settings, and people. They are tried and true methods, and very effective.
These tips really do work. Keep practicing remembering names and making good introductions, and you’ll be an expert at it before you know it. If you have a good tip for remember names or introducing people, please share it with us.
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