How to Remember a Name
Use These Two Simple Memory Techniques
Remembering people's names is a vital skill in life and at work! Here are two simple ways to do it.
1. Face Association
Examine a person's face discreetly when you are introduced. Try to find a distinctive feature, whether it's their ears, hairline, forehead, eyebrows, eyes, nose, mouth, chin, complexion, or something else.
Create an association in your mind between that characteristic, the person's face, and their name. The association may be to link the person with someone else you know with the same name. Alternatively it may be to associate a rhyme or image of the name with the person's face or defining feature.
When you are introduced, ask the person to repeat their name. Use the name yourself as often as possible (without overdoing it!). If it is unfamiliar, ask how it is spelled. Keep in mind that the more often you hear and see the name, the more likely it is to sink in.
Also, after you have left that person's company, review the name in your mind several times. If you are particularly keen you might decide to write it down and make notes.
The methods suggested for remembering names are fairly simple and obvious, but they are useful. Association either with images of a name or with other people can really help. Repetition and review help to confirm your memory.
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