Let’s face it: remembering names and faces
isn’t just an important part of being a
successful social butterfly – it can have a huge
impact on your career as well!
For example, let’s take a look at this scenario.
You’ve been invited to a big networking
conference for your industry – and once you
get there, you realize you don’t know a single
After spending a few minutes by the appetizer
table, you get to know a few peers who have
great connections with the bigger names in
Suddenly, your coworker arrives and walks over
to join you. You greet your coworker warmly,
turn to your new friends, and say…
“Jim, I’d like you to meet…urm…I’m sorry, what
were your names again?”
Talk about an embarrassing social faux pas!
You don’t need a professional networking
coach to remind you that remembering names
and faces is a crucial part of any successful
No one likes being made to feel as though
they’re instantly forgettable – and when you
forget someone’s name, that’s how they feel.
It’s not exactly the best start to a working
relationship with a new client or potential
coworker, now is it?
Remembering names and faces is also
important for your personal life as well. If you
truly want to impress at your next party or
event, the last thing you want to do is to make
people feel awkward when you forget their
Luckily, you don’t need a brain transplant to
acquire the ability to remember names and
faces. In fact, all you need are a few brain
exercises that are proven to improve your
The Real Reason Why You Can’t
Remember Those Names
It’s easy to write this social faux pas off as the
result of a poor memory. However, if you
want to learn how to remember names and
faces, then it’s time to stop putting the blame
on your short term memory – and start
shouldering the blame yourself.
So if your memory skills aren’t to blame, then
what are some of the main reasons why you
can’t recall the name of your new business
It’s like a self-fulfilling prophecy: the more you
believe that you suffer from memory loss, the
more likely it is that you’ll forget someone’s
But let’s face it – if you want to recover from
this social faux pas, then you’ll need to take
away your crutch (i.e. your “poor long term
memory”) and start pumping yourself up with
a more positive outlook.
One important note: if you want to take away
the memory excuse as a crutch, then you need
to stop apologizing to new contacts about
how “terrible” you are with names. You may
feel as though you’re making up for your poor
memory, but trust me: you’re only
emphasizing your unprofessional behavior!
Lack of Focus.
If you continually forget new names and faces,
then your memory isn’t to blame; rather, it’s
your complete lack of focus. Too often, we’re
focused on our own selves when we meet
If you’re too busy wondering how you look in
your outfit or if you have any food stuck in
between your teeth, then you’re not giving
your new contact enough focus to retain
information about their name.
Take a deep breath and let go of your
insecurities. Focus completely on them –
you’ll break that nasty habit of forgetting
names almost instantly!
Sometimes the blame for forgetting names
and faces isn’t our fault at all; rather, it’s due
to the fact that we were simply overloaded
with too much information. If you’ve been
introduced to a large group of people, have
the person who made the introductions
quietly remind you of everyone’s names later.
That way, you’ll save face – and impress
everyone with your acute attention to detail.
How to Increase Concentration and
Improve Your Memory
Ready to kiss that nasty habit of forgetting
names and faces good-bye? Then use these
tips and techniques to increase concentration
and improve your memory:
Repeat, Repeat, Repeat.
They say that the way to Carnegie Hall is
practice, practice, practice – and if you want
to remember names and faces, then you need
to repeat, repeat, repeat! When you’re first
introduced to someone new, make it a habit of
repeating their name at least two or three
times in the space of the conversation.
For example, if you’ve been introduced to
David, the office assistant from the Accounting
Department, start out by saying: “David, it’s a
real pleasure to meet you.” As you continue
to talk to David, say his name a couple of
more times. For example: “David, I hear you
can type faster than anyone in the building. Is
With this great memory technique, you won’t
forget a new name or face anytime soon!
Use Descriptive Words
• This technique is an oldie, but it’s certainly a
classic goodie: if you want to remember
someone’s name, use a simple descriptive
word that you can associate with their face.
For example, if you meet a woman named
Rachel who has red cheeks, you can
(internally) refer to her as “Rosy Rachel.”
If you meet a new acquaintance named Frank
who smells of too much cologne, you can label
him as “Fragrant Frank.” It doesn’t matter if
the descriptive words seem silly or childish – if
they help you to remember names and faces,
then it’s worth it!
Remember the Positive Impact.
When you remember someone’s name, think
about how good it makes the other person
feel – especially if it’s been some time since
you’ve talked to them. Doesn’t it make you
feel great to know how happy you made
Strive to achieve this same result whenever
you meet someone new. Remember, if you
focus on learning their name, concentrate on
connecting the name with a descriptive word
and do your best to believe in yourself…
…Then the ability to remember names and faces
will instantly come to you!
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