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I’m really bad with names – especially after I’ve recently been introduced to someone. Can you relate? What are some tricks you use to remember people’s names?


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  • Jason ReedReply
    February 25, 2009 at 4:23 am

    Names!?! People have names? Wow what a concept.

    Usually when I’m introduced to someone if I don’t use their name in the first 3 minutes I’m going to forget it. Then I just do whatever is possible not to use their name but to refer to them in a general context. If I meet them a couple of days later it is highly possible that I will not remember their name, so I have to do some ninja techniques to prevent me from running face-to-face into them so I don’t have to deal with the awkwardness of actually having a conversation where I might have to use their name :D

  • ZReply
    February 25, 2009 at 7:23 am

    I often use the “alliteration method”: trying to find an alliterating word (has the same starting letter as the person’s name) that I can easily connect with the person.

  • eddieReply
    February 25, 2009 at 7:44 am

    I’m almost like Jason there, but I continually use their name once I’ve met them. And I’ll use it like 5x in a row. So instead of just agreeing or nodding my head, it’ll be like “oh yeah Krish I watch that too”… “thanks a lot Krish for the sandwich”… “and I wanna thank you Krish for doing a shameless plug for my site right here!!”… :)
    That’s kinda what I do when meeting new people. peace

  • argonsassistantReply
    February 25, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Oh Yeah,Halarious!!!At least hi name is dumoss

  • Pedro IzaguirreReply
    February 25, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Names I think I started to remember them when I was often embarrassed for not knowing my bosses names

  • KipOneilReply
    February 25, 2009 at 9:56 am

    I know someone who showed up for an interview a day early. She never bothered going back the next day because she was so embarrassed.

  • Sam KerbyReply
    February 25, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Names, hell…I’ve been reading your site for years now, and I can’t remember your name…. weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • Barry BuchananReply
    February 25, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I just carry around a package of name tags and insist everyone wear them. :) Seriously though it is nice when a company has security standards and makes employees wear IDs. It can get a little weird trying to read the name badge without looking like a creep, and if they wear it on their belt just forget it.

  • vyzion360Reply
    February 25, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    *lmao* @ “Peter/Paul” reference! Nice! *lol* Ummmmmm, I am terrible with names, so I usually try to associate them with something or someone. This sounds really cheesy, but I can almost always remember a person’s zodiac sign without fail, so if I can associate their zodiac sign with their name, I’m usually golden! :D

    Professionally, I just ask if they’ve got a business card …

  • CanuckianReply
    February 25, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I’m really awful at names, though I’m otherwise really good at details. If I know a name will be important, like in an interview, I’ll mentally add the name after each statement to that person, like saying the person’s name, but in my head… It works for short term, but I probably won’t remember the name the next time I see the person. After I meet a person 5-6 times, I can usually remember the name.

  • Dan LovejoyReply
    February 26, 2009 at 1:11 am

    I don’t try. I meet so many different people each day, I don’t try to remember the names on the first visit. On the second or subsequent meetings, I let them know I forgot their name. Beats coming up with a wrong name.

  • LandStanderReply
    February 26, 2009 at 4:13 am

    I really avoid saying their name unless I’m POSITIVE I know it (usually not true). I wait for someone else to say it, or if it’s just me and a person I can avoid saying it because hey, who else would I be addressing?

  • Theala SildorianReply
    February 26, 2009 at 8:31 am

    I’m horrible with matching names to faces. I tell my student’s: I’m great with names. I’m great with faces. I’m not so great with names and faces. Usually gets a laugh.

    It takes me about six weeks to connect them.

  • BeastOfGentooReply
    November 5, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I just tell people that I am liable to forget their names, and ask them again the next to time I meet them. Then I remember.

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