MORE TIPS TO REMEMBER PEOPLES NAMES
Added on: 1st May 2015
If the new name is too long, foreign or unusual,
try to find some familiar sounding parts in the name.
For example “Anirudh” – “rude” or even better
“Ann is rude”.
For extremely long or hard-to-remember names,
you can even create a little story. For example
“Rohitashwa” – “ROn HIT ASHley With Apple”.
Those who have a good visual memory can imagine the
individual letters of the new name in their minds.
This can also significantly increase the chance of
remembering the name.
Another technique based on visual memorizing suggests
you can imagine the person´s name written across his or her forehead,
like a billboard.
People with better verbal memory can take advantage of
alliteration. Try to link the person´s name with a thing that
relates to him/her and starts with the same letter. For example:
“John from Jersey”, “Susan from sales”, “Megan from marketing” etc.
Make rhyming connections between the name and the physical
appearance of the person. “Rose with the big nose”, “Kyle with
the crooked smile” etc. If you forget the name, the physical trait
you noticed earlier might just remind it to you.
If you cannot recall the person´s name and you have a
colleague with you, ask him for help discreetly. To avoid awkward
whispering, your colleague can give you the person´s name by
saying something like “Amanda and I talked about it yesterday
and we think…”
If there is no one to help you, don’t be afraid to speak up.
To avoid making the person feel embarrassed, start out with a
compliment, such as “I’ve had so much fun talking to you but
I’ve completely forgotten your name.”