No matter how hard we try, we forget people's names. Instead of practising on real people, try remembering TV character names.
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Redditor QuantumBogoSort explains how watching TV helps you practise whatever name memorisation skill you're trying:
New characters are constantly being introduced on shows, and many of the techniques out there can be practiced in the comfort of your own home. Techniques that involve saying names out loud can seem a little silly at first, but if you can get past the self-consciousness, it really helps. Give it a try! After a few weeks, I found myself doing these things whenever I met someone new, and haven't had to suffer a horrible "What's your name again?" moment since.
This tip works for TVs and movies at home. When a character appears on-screen, pause the video and commit their name to memory before moving on.