Throughout your life you meet a lot of people for the first time. If you’re like the average person, you’ll have a hard time remembering everyone’s name. This is especially true for college students, but once you leave college and embark on your career, again, you’ll be meeting a whole new set of people. In fact you’ll be meeting people for the rest of your life, so here’s a quick tip on how to remember the names of the people you meet.
The toughest step to remembering a name is the first step – PAY ATTENTION!
I’ve found that people lose a name so quickly that they never get a chance to use a memory technique to remember it. Harvard University (among others) have conducted studies and found that when we meet people for the first time we pay attention to about 7 different things about them – and none of them is their name!
In fact, when we meet someone, we’re thinking more of ourselves than we are about the other person. We pay close attention to our handshake, our eye contact, things we are thinking of saying, how do we look, how attractive we think they are (you know you do that), and more – but the person’s name is not on the list.
So how do you break this cycle and keep a person’s name from going in one ear and out the other? Simple… just ask yourself the question: “What’s their name?” By asking your mind questions, you arouse it’s natural curiosity and make it pay closer attention.