Remembering Names

At the end of an Olive Tree Writing Club session, we split into small groups to discuss how our writing session went. I would go around the circle calling people by name to create the groups. Stephen, a writing club regular, shouted me out in front of everyone that my ability to remember names is remarkable.

I often hear people say they aren’t great at remembering names which makes it more impressive to others that I can remember a large number of names so quickly. One of the first principles in Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Make Friends and Influence People, is that, a persons name is to that person, the sweetest, most important sound in any language.” This principle has stuck with me since reading it. I always felt seen when someone remembered my name and I wanted others to feel the same way around me.

While I don’t do anything fancy to remember peoples names, here’s a few tips:

  1. If I meet someone new, I ask for their name and I repeat their name back to them to make sure I got it right. If I’m struggling with the pronunciation I ask them to spell it.
  2. If I’m hosting an event, I study the guest list just to make sure I know who’s coming.
February 17, 2023

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