Pro tip: don’t forget anyone’s name. Ever.
When you’re in business, you meet a lot of people. Remembering their name means a lot when you see them again.
If you find it difficult to match up a name to an individual, you aren’t alone. It’s not a lost cause.
7 ways to remember anyone’s name
Here are some tips that will help you recollect the person’s name when you see them again. You’ll impress them and get their business, so it pays to take the time to remember someone.
- Pay attention. Repeat their name back to them once they provide it. This helps you lock it into your brain. Make remembering their moniker a priority. Repeat the name silently to your self a couple of times.
- Use their name when you address them. Before you part company, Make sure you have their name right. Tell them that you’re bad with names, but you’re trying to be better.
- Build associations. Ask a question about a hobby or interest that you can put together with their name.
- Use mnemonic devices and word play. Link the person to someone famous or something that rhymes with their name. For example: Cindy sings.
- Get the person to spell it out. You may not need someone to spell out Jeff or Mark, but with unique names that could be mispronounced, this breaks the ice.
- Help people remember your name. Come up with a word play association for your name. Make it fun. I always tell people “my name is Dawn, like in morning, not Donald.” With my accent, sometimes people spell it D-O-N.
- Introduce someone else to them if you forget. Opening up the conversation to a third party often takes the heat off you when you just can’t remember. Generally, the person will bring their name into the conversation to avoid any mispronunciation or error.
- If all else fails, apologize and ask them again. Just tell the truth. “I’m sorry. I’m not good with names, but I’m trying to be better. Could you please give me another chance?”
At your next networking event, or just meeting a new client, remember these tips to help you recall anyone’s name, even if you are normally forgetful in this department.