The Trick to Remembering People’s Names
Working in radio, I meet a lot of different people every week. It bothers me when I might see them around town at a later time and I can't remember their name. Do you ever do that thing where you're introduced to someone, and within two seconds you've already forgotten their name? It happens to me more than I'd like to admit
. . . and I notice people also do it with me.
From The Muse, here's a great psychological trick to help you remember people's names . . . and help them remember yours.
When you introduce yourself, give your first AND last name. That will catch the other person off guard . . . and actually make them stop and process your name so it sticks in their memory.
And when you're meeting someone and they just give their first name, ask them for THEIR last name too.
It may seem a little strange at first, but it'll make you focus more on what they're saying, and vice versa. It makes a more memorable impression overall, and helps you commit the name to memory.