If every person you meet is given the same handshake and “how do ya’ do,” they will all start to blend together in your mind. It’s a lot easier to remember someone’s name, and who they are, if the moment you met them was more memorable itself.
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To do that, you need to make the moment you meet someone unique so it stands out in your mind. Behavioural expert Jon Levy, known for hosting the secretive Influencers Dinner, explains:
For the most part, our memory is visual, and it works based on novelty for something to really stick out. If there’s somebody I meet that I really want to connect with, I try to create a moment that’s memorable and that can serve as tradition.
Not only does the novelty create a stronger memory for you, it makes for a better bonding experience for the person you’re meeting. But it’s easier said than done.
To make every instance unique, you have to get creative. Levy has approached new people while offering a drink, and introduced new acquaintances to other people. He’ll also ask interesting questions that are beyond the basic stuff regarding their job or how their day was. When he met an exec from Tinder, for example, he asked them about the first question they’re normally asked.
However you choose to make your first impression, always switch it up and ask yourself what would make it unforgettable for the both of you. If the experience is memorable, the people will be too.