Remembering someone’s name

By Drum Digital
19 February 2016

As a professional, remembering someone’s name can be the difference between strengthening your network and missing out on a vital opportunity.

By Vida Li Sik

As a professional, remembering someone’s name can be the difference between strengthening your network and missing out on a vital opportunity. 

Here are some valuable tips to help you make a good impression:

  1. Repeat the name. Say the person’s name back to them, especially if they have an unusual pronunciation.
  2. Spell it out. Picture the name in your head, letter by letter, or check with the person if you’re correct about how they write their name.
  3. Make an association. Link the name to something you’ll remember – this could be a visual association or something silly. For example, “Thembi from Tembisa”, or “Sonto from Soweto”.
  4. Make a connection. If you know someone with the same name (like a family member) it will make it easier for you to remember the person’s name.
  5. Focus. Block out any distraction when the person tells you their name, otherwise it will get lost in what’s happening around you.
  6. Create a trigger. Remember something about the person, like their physical features or something they told you about themselves. For example, Sipho from Sales or Kabelo – works out at office gym.
  7. Ask again. It will be less embarrassing if you ask the person to repeat their name than to have to say later, “I’m sorry, I forgot your name.”

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