Remembering People’s Names: An easiest way to success…..

One of the most ideal ways to make a positive initial introduction and to excel socially or in business — is to remember individuals’ names. Biggest challenge people face is that they don’t remember names, for the simple reason that they don’t take the time and energy necessary to concentrate and repeat and fix names indelibly in their minds. They make excuses for themselves; they are too busy.

Dale Carnegie says, “A person’s name is to him or her the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” He coats example of Jim Farley’s election campaign for President Roosevelt. For months before Roosevelt’s campaign for President began, Jim Farley wrote hundreds of letters a day to people all over the western and northwestern states. He met people at lunch, breakfast and dinner. He wrote to one person (calling by their names) in each town he had visited, asking for a list of all the guests. The final list contained millions of names and yet each person on that list was paid the subtle flattery of getting a personal letter from James Farley. This story explains the success of Roosevelt by a simple trick “remembering the names”.

Some of us usually call people in very worst manner by saying “Hey there”, According to an article on Face Book, this issue worsen with the age, 85% of middle aged forget names. It is understandable that when we meet someone, we have a lot to take in from their appearance, gestures, and to the conversation. Remembering names is very important on so many levels. It makes better someone when he/she hear name by other and in that manner people pay more attention towards speaker. Studies show that hearing our names activates our brain and we pay more attention. Typical examples are political leaders who use names and facts when they call someone. This thing make them popular in people and they get more attentive towards him.

Some practical ways of remembering names are;

1. Repeat, repeat and repeat;

When we meet someone, he/she introduce by names. It is very simple to remember his/her name by repeating a few times.

2. Spell Out:

Spelling out someone’s name creates a mental picture of that person in visual memory.

3. Associate:

This is very excellent way to remember name of a person. I try to make an association between the person’s face and an image the name suggests or recommends.

4. Concentrate:

Its human nature that people can remember what they observe in the first place. Paying concentration can remember names for a long time.

5. Writing:

Writing the name of someone in diary also provides you a good way to remember someone’s name.

These all tricks are valuable if you don’t call people by their nick names or by wrong names.

I remember person’s name by his/her image, appearance, way of talking, and dress. I also get name of person by thinking about him/her at spare time. I associate something to that person but sometime this trick doesn’t work because at that time brain is busy in some other stuff. Might be it helpful for others but for me, it doesn’t work.