Tips to Remembering Names
Have you ever met someone for the first time, gotten their name, and then promptly forgotten it two sentences later?
We all like to remember names, and doing so affirms the value of another person.
We may try to excuse ourselves by saying, “I’m just not good at remembering names.” But there are ways we can all improve. Brandon Hilgemann offers helpful tips for making that happen.
1. Repeat Names
When you meet a person for the first time, say their name as much as possible. “Cool, Alex. Glad you are here, Alex. It was nice meeting you, Alex. Hope to see you next week, Alex.” The more you say it, the more it will stick.
2. Read Names
Read a person’s name in your mind. Visualize it. Spell it in your head. If you meet someone with an interesting name or a name that could be spelled multiple ways, ask them how they spell it. Then spell it in your head with them.
3. Record Names
After meeting a person, write their name down as soon as possible. Add notes like “Natalie – married, three kids, husband Jeff, works at…” Review your notes when you’re waiting in line or sitting in a boring meeting.
4. Relate Names
When you hear a person’s name, find an image to relate it to. For example, you meet a guy named John Baker, and imagine an actual baker in a kitchen putting a toilet – a john – in the oven. Yes, this is absolutely bizarre sounding, but it works! In fact, this is what world memory champions do. Our brains remember images, not words.
5. Remember the names before God
Pray for the person, and while you’re at it, ask the Lord to help you remember names. He knows and values people and wants to help us do the same.
Everyone can remember names if they work at it. See what improvements you can make from practicing these tips!