If you have trouble remembering names (as I do sometimes), a great way to help yourself is to start and end your first few conversations with a person’s name. This cements the name in your mind and attaches it to the person’s face so you’ll have an easier time remembering later.
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FastCompany explains it this way:
Repeat their name: Engrave that name into your frontal lobe with repetition. Price says to say the name aloud twice: first to confirm that you’re saying it correctly, second as a conversation starter.
Conclude with their name: Close the conversation by saying their name. It’ll be validating for them — aw, they remembered! — and give you another chance to convince your neurons to fire that way again.
This is especially useful in a social situation where you’re meeting a lot of people at once. Try to get their name into the conversation at least once or twice while you’re talking to them, and then conclude the conversation with their name as you’re saying goodbye or moving on to talk to someone else. That level of repetition will help you remember, and make the other person feel acknowledged. It’s a win- win.
Hit the link below for a few more tricks to remember anyone’s name, or head over to our full guide to how to remember people’s names.
4 Tricks for Remembering Anybody’s Name [Fast Company]