How can I better remember the names of new people I meet?
April 21, 2008 10:53 PM Subscribe
I'm really, really bad at remembering the names of new people that I meet. How can I get better at remembering new names?
posted by Effigy2000 to Human Relations (23 answers total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
I meet a lot of people in my job and I have come to realise that I am really, really bad at remembering the names of many (if not all) of the people I meet. I know and remember the names of people I work with on a daily basis as well as family members, friends and other loved ones. It is mostly just people I have only just met whose names I keep forgetting. Often (but not always) it gets so bad that I even forget the name of a person mere minutes after I have met them.
But it's only names I seem to have trouble with. I don't forget birthdays and I have some very vivid long and short term memories, so I don't think that my brain is malfunctioning in any major kind of way (put another way, I'm a 30yo guy so the chances of it being Alzheimer’s or something similar seem slim). I'd say the issue is just that I meet a lot of strangers every week and I think my brain has obviously decided that it is better to forget this information rather than compartmentalise it for later use. My brain is wrong to do so, and I have told it as much, but still I meet new people and I forget their names.
Well, I'm sick of it. Are there any tips, tricks and techniques you can offer me that will help me remember the names of new people that I meet? One caveat; it is not always possible for me to write their name down with notes that link the name to facial or bodily features (something I have decided would help me if I were able to do so). I need tips that will help me train my brain to remember a new persons name without the help of a pen and paper.