We have all been in a situation where we are at a networking event and we have just met someone interesting, we are engrossed in engaging conversation and you just can’t remember their name. Not only is it embarrassing, but it doesn’t leave a great first impression. So how do you address this challenge?
When I got into the networking game, I was initially horrible with remembering names. I was great at faces, but just couldn’t remember names. I knew that I would need to change this. So I started trying a few methods and finally I got a simple 3-step process that really worked for me. In fact this helped me gain a great reputation as a person who remembers people’s names and leave a lasting positive impression.
So here they are:
- Clarify the name – when you make the initial introduction, ask the other person for their business card and take a moment to read their name and designation. If you are unfamiliar with the name then ask them to pronounce it for you and make sure you repeat their name. Ask them if you have got the pronunciation correct. If necessary ask them to break it up in a simple phonetic manner so you can easily grasp it.
- Repeat their name 3 times in conversation – In the course of conversation use their name at least three times. For example if you have just met Rajesh, then start with the following: “Rajesh, tell me what do you do?”After he tells you what he does, you might follow up with such a response: “That’s great Rajesh, what sort of clients do you enjoy working with?” (more…)