Dr. Renate Volpe, in her nugget cards entitled “Networking Tips” says:
“Learn to remember names. Use visual images. Ask yourself what word rhymes with the person’s name. Work out what is unique about the individual you have met.”
To be quite honest, this one is really difficult for me. I really battle to remember names and faces and when I am meeting ten or more people at each networking meeting that I go to, I really struggle to get all the information in my head. It really is important though and whatever works best for you is what you should use.
I tend to write on the person’s business card and somehow that helps me remember what it is that they do and where I met them – somewhere along the line, the face will pop up with the name following closely behind it, but it is a real problem for me.
Here’s the thing though – people feel important when you remember their names and recognise them. So it really is a good idea to try, one way or another to get their names and faces imprinted on your memory.
For more information on Renate, please visit her website at www.drrenatevolpe.co.za