What’s the most important word you use that gains your listeners’ attention?
Their names – spelled the way they like it spelled and pronounced the way they like it pronounced.
You exclaim, “I’m horrible at remembering names!” My answer, “You don’t have a Name Recall Chromosome. It’s not in your DNA. To remember names takes energy.”
On a recent fun expedition cruise to the Galapagos Islands I was reminded of this name recall skill set. Juan Carlos, one of the naturalist tour guides, met me on the first day. On day two he said, “Good morning Karen. Ready to go on the lava hike?” While excited about the hike, I was uber impressed that he remembered not only my name, but everyone’s name on the boat. That’s 100 people!
Here are the 3 name recall strategies used by Juan Carlos with 1.5 bonus tips from me.
1 Takes100% concentration
2 Repeat the name
3 Associate the name with some facial or physical feature of the person
Juan Carlos said, “Karen – it’s a matter of will. I just tell myself, ‘I’m going to learn these names.’” I responded, “You’re right. I tell my clients that name recall is an active vs. a passive event.”
My 1.5 Bonus Tips:
1 Don’t introduce yourself to new folks up front, OR ask them their names at the beginning of the conversation. Why? You will have a better chance of recalling their names IF you know some factoids about them. After some introductory conversation THEN share your names.
1.5 Throw them a bone. How many times are you in a conversation and don’t remember their names but you’ve been introduced too many times already. You can’t ask again! In reverse, you might realize that the person you’re talking to is in the same quandary with YOU. So, give them the gift of saying your name in the conversation. Like, “Just the other day Jim said to me, ‘Karen – you should write another book.” You’ve just shared your name and your spouse’s name. If the listener is paying attention – they now have your name. Done.
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© Karen Cortell Reisman, M.S., author of 2 books and President of Speak For Yourself®, works with decision makers on how to speak with gravitas. It’s all in how you speak for yourself. Karen also speaks about her cousin, Albert Einstein, in a message about hope, resilience and brassieres.
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