The ability to remember people’s names is essential for good networking, but not all of us are adept at it. You can use small tricks like trying to figure out their eye colour or getting it right the first time but those depend on you making the connection in your introduction. If those approaches don’t help, a brief revision at the end of the day might be a better strategy.
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Newspaper publisher and politician Thurlow Weed was bad at remembering names, so he dedicated 15 minutes at the end of each day recalling everyone he met and everything that was said, says Braden Thompson at Lifehack.org. In fact, Thompson uses a similar technique himself which has served him well in sharpening his memory:
Every night I like to give myself a few minutes to remember as many details as I can about my day. Once or twice a week I also try to see how many days I can go back and recall using the same technique. This constant exercise has proven to be the vital follow through I needed in order to improve my memory. Now when I meet someone new, I instinctively attach more value to names and details because I know I will be going over them later.
The full article has some other tricks to remember names and details about people, so check it out if you struggle with this issue.