Making a first impression is something you never get a second shot at. Wouldn't it be nice to have certain things under control and 100% unwavering whenever you meet someone important? There are simple things you can start with: working on that firm handshake, learning how to maintain strong and direct eye contact, and mindfulness techniques to minimize stress.
But one of the most important skills you can also easily work on is: remembering names.
Nothing is as powerful as remembering someone's name. When someone's name is used, a few things happen. For one, the person you're speaking to becomes attentive. You instantly grab their attention by using their name. Secondly, it radiates a sense of confidence. You know this person's name. No second-guessing, no sheepishly using filler terms for the name ("guy," "dude," "buddy," "hey, you"). And most importantly, it makes the person you're talking to feel as though they are closer to you.
Using someone's name can feign a connectedness and familiarity that actually might not be present (yet, at least). People like things that are familiar, so as a result, they now like you.
Contrary to belief, being good at remembering someone's name can be a skill that's learned and then potentially mastered. As a 4x USA Memory Champion, you might assume memorizing names come easy for me. It doesn't — or didn't, rather. Around ten years ago, my mastery of names was non-existent. Even in my early memory competition years, I was just okay at names (in the Names event at the USA Memory Championship, I could memorize around 50 names in 15 minutes — that was with just a small bit of training).
In 2019, I set a US record for memorizing 235 names in 15 minutes! That's almost a 400% increase!
How did I manage that? And how can you?
Easy. With the following three tips, you'll be able to become a name memorizing master as well.
- Prime Yourself — make memorizing names something important to you. Understand that if you learn a person's name, you're doing something that most people won't and it will put you ahead. If you have trouble making names seem important to you, try repeating the following mantra right before you meet someone: I WANT TO KNOW THIS PERSON'S NAME.
- Associate + Link — Associate the name to something you know. A friend or relative with the same name; a celebrity. Or maybe the name sounds like a thing. Basically, come up with a picture for the name. Examples:
- Henry — maybe that reminds you of a hen. That's your image.
- Christopher — maybe that makes you think of Christopher Walken. Boom.
- Lisa — perhaps that triggers a thought of Lisa Simpson and her saxaphone. Voila.
Next, is to take that picture and attach it to something on their face. A mole, a crazy hairdo, an attractive smile, whatever pops out at you. Make the image for the name interact in a weird, memorable way, with the thing on their face.
That's it! Remember that remembering names is a skill. And it doesn't have to be difficult. Trust me when I say that those three steps are not a simplification of the process I use — it literally is the process I use! With those three steps, and of course, a bit of practice, you can have a champion-caliber memory for names as well.
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