You’re not good with remembering names? All is not lost! Try these tips:
1.) Be sure to repeat the person’s name. “Nice to meet you, Sarah.” Try to say the name several times during your first introduction.
2.) Write the name down or secure a business card as a reminder.
3.) Did you meet two people together? Perhaps a couple? Link their names to try to remember them. I know a couple named Debra and Brett. Once I learned Debra’s name, I used the “B” sound to remind me of Brett’s.
4.) Use a mnemonic device. BuildYourMemory.com
suggests: In order to remember that the name of a tall, thin man, that you have just been introduced to is Mr. Adamson, you might try visualising the biblical first man "Adam" (complete with fig leaf), holding a little boy in his arms. Adam's son -- Adamson.
5.) Think about how the person looks. For example, Short Shelly, Muscular Mike, or Dapper Dave.
6.) Witt Communications suggests that you create an exaggerated image,
rhyme or connect a feeling based on the name to help you remember. Some examples are:
Imagine a ham that weighs a ton spinning on the end of Mrs. Hamilton’s nose.
Picture an old-fashioned car jack under Jack’s prominent jaw.
See margarine melting through Margaret’s curly, blond hair.
Dave needs a shave.
Latrice is Patty’s niece.
Michelle, ma belle. (The Beatle’s tune.)
Martin Peck is a pain in the neck.
Suzanne Patterson has sweaty palms.
Paul is pushy.
If you make an effort to commit a name to memory, you are much more likely to succeed! It will be worth the effort!