- Repeat, repeat, repeat. Use their name at least 3 times in your initial conversation.
- Pay closer attention to the fine detail.
- Ask them to teach you how to pronounce their name.
- Get Creative. Create a picture in your mind’s eye that’s unique to that person.
- Anchoring. Associate their name with a unique feature of that person.
- Exercise your brain. I found this article interesting about name recall in the academic setting.
Your networking GOAL this week:
Implement one or more of these name recall strategies any place where groups of people gather this week (networking events, church, conferences, holiday party, boy scout meetings). Introduce yourself to someone and see if you can lock in their name into your short term memory. When you return to your office or home later that day, test yourself to see if you can recall their name and get a picture of them in your mind. If you can do that, why not cement it in by making a note on the back of their business card or capturing this information in your contact management system. For you over-achievers, implement a follow-up strategy (send them a motivating card, invite them to Linkedin with you or friend them on Facebook). Now, you are cranking!