The Easy Way to Remember Names & More

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We all know how important it is to remember a person’s name. When you call someone by name it makes them feel remembered and significant.

But what if you took it a step further and also remembered major things they talked to you about? What if you could ask about the Hawaiian vacation they told you they were taking 3 months ago? That’d be pretty cool huh?

In an ideal world, we’d remember everything about everybody we meet but that’s just not possible. We meet so many people and don’t have the mental capacity to actively store all of that information.

To help, I’d like to share with you my technique for remembering names as well as the important things they talk about and do.

After you meet a new person, give this a try…

  • Quickly jot down any general information about the person. Write their name and any defining features of the person you can use to identify them later. For example, you can write that they have long blonde hair, blue eyes, and look like Jennifer Aniston. I’ve found that this helps to visually trigger an image of the person later when you are reviewing.
  • Next, write down any information the person told you that you want to remember for later. This can be a sports team they like, music they listen to, or pets they own. This gives you something to talk about the next time you see the person.
  • The next time you anticipate seeing this person again, quickly review the information you wrote down to remember their name and have something to talk about.

Another tip is to organize your notes on people based on where you know them from. For example, you can have a stack of notes called “People from weekly luncheon”. Every time before the luncheon, you quickly review all of your notes on people who will be there. You’ll look like the hero who remembers everybody’s name. Plus you’ll never run out of stimulating conversation topics to bring up that the other person cares about.

This is just my technique to remember people and names and it works pretty well for me. I’m sure you have a technique for doing the same. If you do, hit reply and let me know. I’m always looking for new tips and ideas on ways to improve this kinda stuff!

Digital Art enthusiast, Digital Pr expert, and lighting design Consultant.