Be Memorable. Names Matter.
“I’m so sorry. I’m bad with names. May I please have your name again?” Even though the gesture shows that you care and it’s important that you know their name, isn’t it much more memorable if you’ve captured and remembered their name the first time? How would remembering someone's name the first time impact your relationship building skills? Great! You’re in the right article!
Remembering people’s names is an acknowledgment that they exist; they matter to you. It’s evidence that you took the time to know and remember their name.
Here are three quick steps to know and remember a person you meet for the first time:
1. Believe that you are a genius when it comes to remembering names. We can all agree that all things begin in our mind. Best way to do this is by preparing yourself before any events where you will be meeting new people. You may recite affirmations or self-talks, whatever works for you. Believe it and you will achieve it!
2. Use the power of the first impression to your favor. What do I mean by this? Use the information that you immediately receive from that person. I met a businesswoman and my first impression was that she is a very strong, confident woman. We introduced ourselves to each other. When she mentioned her name, Victoria, I immediately attached her name to Victoria Falls. Use visual representation of the person for you to remember. How did this person make you feel, and how did the person appear to you?
3. Repeat their name as soon as possible by simply responding, “Nice to meet you, Victoria.” This will help register it in your mind. Also, do your best to say their name throughout the conversation. Remember that hearing our name is one of the most appealing, pleasing words to our ears. And lastly, bid your farewell by again using their name, “Take care, Victoria. Have a wonderful rest of the day!”
Make it fun! Finding better ways to remember names has always been a personal goal of mine. I deeply believe that it is impossible to have a relationship with anyone without knowing their name. The name does matter! Let us be the entrepreneurs that will be remembered as the ones that cared and gave importance to everyone we connected with.
Jennifer Meim is a Graphic Designer who works with Entrepreneurs to transfer their vision into fruition. Jennifer has a natural gift of being in tuned with her clients to understand and to see their vision. For at least a decade, Jennifer have supported and worked closely with founders and CEOs to launch their ideas from table talks to tangibles. Jennifer is a self-taught designer, and continuously strive to learn especially with new technologies. Her creative soul and genuine love for people makes her one of the most approachable, dependable, and trustworthy designers in San Diego.