It is much harder to make a great first impression at networking events if you do not remember names, so hopefully these 3 tips will help you to remember names at networking events
Tip 1 – If you want to remember someone’s name, you should pay attention and listen carefully to the new contact’s name. Then, the best way to do so is to go ahead and use it in conversation.
In place of “it’s nice to meet you,” say “it’s nice to meet you, John.” Then say John’s name a few times throughout the chat. A clever way to implement this tactic is to have a habit of adding people’s name when you are asking a question, “When did you start your business, John?”
Not only will it help them to stay engaged with what you’re saying, but it will also make it easier for you to introduce them to others and to recall their name if you happen to run into each other in a different context.
Tip 2 – You can also try visual memory and make a mental image of someone’s face or some specific detail about the person to connect with his or her name. Maybe John is wearing a pink pocket square – think of “John, the man with the pink pocket square.”
Another tip is to connect the person’s name with an image or similarly named celebrity or close friend of yours. If a contact’s name is Michael, then think of Michael Jordan or Michael Jackson.
Tip 3 – One of the great tactics is to associate the name with the things you talked about with the new contact during your conversation. As you chat with the person, pay attention to triggers about business, interests or hobbies that will help you remember the name. For example, a man named Michael plays chess and you talked about former world chess champion Kasparov or a woman named Sarah just got back from Morocco and you talked about Moroccan carpets.
The next step should be to connect on social media, follow up with an email or telephone conversation depending on the new contact’s communication preference.
Now, try to remember my name: Wojciech Kolodziejczak AKA Life Networker.