Napoleon Bonaparte had said, “Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools”. Napoleon really believed in this to the point that he remembered the names of all his thousands of soldiers and officers who all loved Napoleon’s personal interest in them.
Let me walk you through 10 steps in the process of memorising anybody’s name easily:-
Get the name clearly.
Repeat the name at once after the introduction as the delay in repeating will make you forget the name.
See whether or not the name has a meaning in itself.
If it has no meaning, find an appropriate substitute.
Repeat the name many times; it will then be a part of your long-term memory.
Write the name down.
Concentrating on names as a simple lack of attention is one reason why we tend to forget names.
Practice; make a list of people who may be working or studying with you and see how many names you can recollect.
Make sure to pay attention, it takes about 8 seconds of focus to implant information into our memory and focus is key to learning and remembering something.
You don’t stand a chance to remember a new name if you are daydreaming about your holiday or anything else at that moment. Focus your mind. If you’re distracted the information you want to recall later will not be registered. Remember name ease
Legendary American Dale Carnegie has rightly said, “Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance.’’ Indeed a good memory for names is a big asset and it helps in more ways than one. Remember name ease
Also, many a time people don’t remember people’s names because they are not silent. They are quite impatient. They are having some queries going on in their mind like ‘How do I know him/ her? What am I going to talk about?’ They are actually more interested in what they are going to respond with than they are in actually listening to the person. So make sure to first listen to the person well. Also, when the individual tells his/her name; think of any other such person with a similar name and start linking them; it helps massively and you can retain that name with ease.
About the writer: Minoo Jokhi is a Mathemagician cum Memory Development Trainer based in Mumbai, India. He trains people of all ages right from 4 to 80 years of age and shows them how to increase their Memory-Power and once and for all shatter the myth that memory is neither good nor bad but in reality, is trained or untrained. Readers can contact him via email at [email protected] or follow him at http://www.minoojokhi.in/