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Unforgettable - What's in a Name?

Unforgettable - What's in a Name?

Do you have a difficult time remembering names? Do you forget a What's in a Name?  How do you remember?person's name as quickly as they've given it to you?  This is not only embarrassing, it's bad for business.

Why do we forget another person's name so easily? Are we internally setting ourselves up for failure because we've decided that we just can't remember?  Or, is it a matter of the person's perceived importance to us in our business or personal lives?  For example, the clerk we just met at the post office may not be quite as important to us as the prospective client.  So, we are more apt to remember the prospect than the clerk.

What are the best ways to remember a person's name?

  1. Tell yourself you will remember - Avoid the mental block.
  2. Repeat the person's name - Say it again during your conversation with them.
  3. Learn some techniques/tricks - Ask for a business card, think of something that rhymes with their name or use word-association.

In today's past-paced world, let's take a little time to remember that everyone we meet has a name and loves to be remembered.

BTW - My name is Pamela Cendejas.  What's yours?

Comment balloon 14 commentsPamela Cendejas • August 25 2010 05:44PM

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I use several of those tricks and they work!
Posted by Patty Luther, Lewiston ID Real Estate, Idaho-Washington (RE/MAX Rock-n-Roll Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Patty - I have to keep reminding myself to remember.  Exhausting! ;D 

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

# 2 & # 3 are pivotal...repetition is how I try to do it.

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) about 9 years ago

Hi Li - Those are the two I use the most, too.  The business card is my favorite way of learning names of professional people I want to remember.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

Hi Pamela,

Funny you post this little exercises for remembering names. I do this all the time. Although, I cannot remember where and when I learned it ... LOL :)

Posted by Sergio DePinto (Royal LePage Maximum Realty.,Brokerage - Greater Toronto Area) about 9 years ago

Pamela, I am not good at remembering names, I try to associate the name with something or rhyme it.  My husband, on the other hand, always remembers names...

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) about 9 years ago

Penelope - oh, sorry, I mean Pamela... :-)  When I'm feeling nervous and a person introduces themselves, I don't even hear their name as they are saying it.  That's definitely a problem!  If I do hear it, I don't remember it, so these are great tips.  Thanks.

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) about 9 years ago

Hi Sergio - Love your sense of humor.  Thanks for posting.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

Hi Rebecca - I have used word association to remember names and other things for years.  Works pretty good.  Thanks for your input.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

Hi Sally - I think with your sense of humor, you can probably get away with not remembering names.  People usually remember me as Cindy.  Go figure.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

Good suggestions, Pamela.  I have this problem sometimes and you are so right.  It is embarassing as well as rude.  Stay in the maoment is what I tell myself when I meet someone for the first time.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Hi Mary - Good advice - stay in the moment.  Love that!  It's so hard to do but, hopefully, practice makes perfect.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

I envy people who are good at names...I've never been.  I usually repeat the name in my head and I come up with an interesting way to remember it, something using their hair color or clothing or who they remind me of...any connection at all to keep me from forgetting it.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 9 years ago

Hi Sharon - Sounds like you've got this wired.  I say to use whatever means works for you.  Thanks for responding.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

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