Part of being successful is being likable. And part of being likable is making other people feel important. One way to do that is by remembering who they are and, even better, some details about them that they shared with you. In an nutshell, remembering names and people everywhere you go has a big effect on your success.
Here are five simple ways to remember names:
- Whenever you hear a name, repeat it once—that helps fix it in your memory. Repeating the name also can confirm that you heard it correctly and that you have the correct pronunciation.
- Use it two or three times in speaking to the person you were introduced to. People love hearing the sound of their own name, and using their name in conversation will make them feel valued.
- Whenever you use the name, make a mental picture of the person, which further helps etch the name in your memory. Think of it as taking a mental snapshot of the person, and associate that image with the name.
- Write down all the new names you have come in contact with during the day. Make note of the way they were dressed and the conversation you had. Visualize again what the person looked like. If you received business cards from the people you met, write the date and where you met on the card, along with any other notes of what you learned about them.
- Review your list of names or the business cards you collected later, and recall the faces that go with the names. The better you are at visualizing the people you met, the easier it will be to connect a name to a face the next time you meet.
Try this “art of remembering” for one month. Use it for names. Use it for remembering things you want to learn. And you’ll find all names and all things simple and easy to remember.