Dale Carnegie once said, “If you remember my name, you pay me a subtle compliment; you indicate that I have made an impression on you. Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance.”
Most of us truly want to recall the names of those we meet. When you move to a new neighborhood and find yourself suddenly bombarded with new faces at every turn, however, remembering all of them can prove challenging.
4 Strategies for Remembering Someone’s Name When You Move Into Your New Home in Midland
Time to employ some memorization techniques! See which of the following do the trick for you:
Here’s a closer look at each.
Repeat the name multiple times in your head. It’s bound to stick sooner or later. You also can make a point of saying the person’s name several times within your conversation so that it starts to roll off your tongue: “Nice to meet you, Andrew Adams. What business are you in, Andrew?”
Do you remember things you see better than things you hear? Imagine the person’s name written in a huge magic marker right across his or her forehead. It may sound a bit corny, but it can work.
Making an association to someone with whom you are already familiar can help with retrieval. Introduced to a neighbor named Julia? Try immediately conjuring up an image of Julia Roberts. Just met a congregation member named George, which also happens to be the name of your uncle? Imagine the two of them shaking hands.
Finally, don’t be afraid to take notes and study. After your first PTA meeting, for instance, jot down the names of people you met along with memorable characteristics, such as “wears tiny glasses” or “has a dimple on right cheek.” Look at your sheet before the next gathering as a crash refresher!
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