It's been said that the most beautiful sound a person can hear is his or her name. We feel a stronger connection when someone remembers our name. Developing the ability to remember people's names quickly can dramatically improve your social and business interactions.
There are many different approaches to remembering names, but the one I share here is simple and effective.
It's a quick 3 step process:
When you meet someone for the first time,
1. Give them your full attention. Make eye contact, take note of their name.
2. Find a way to repeat their name out loud as you continue the interaction. If it's an unusual name, ask for the spelling.
3. At the same time as step 2 or soon after, while facing the person, imagine writing their name across their forehead as you simultaneously trace the letters with your fingertip on the front or side of your thigh. (Do the tracing inconspicuously)
Why does this work?
It's powerful because you're actively using multiple sensory channels to encode the information (auditory, visual, kinesthetic).
You can also create a wacky image that goes with the sound of the name. Example: For Phoebe, think Fee + Bee and imagine a Bee with a Dollar sign on it. If an image like this comes to mind easily, use it. Otherwise, just go with steps 1-3.