Don’t you just hate it when you are called by the wrong name? Or how about when you have to kindly correct the person and spend time with them, and they still get your name wrong? How about a person you haven’t seen in a long time, but they remember your name? It feels good right? And it’s impressive too. It’s because when people care enough to know your name, they make you feel important as a person. You’re valued.
I researched on a variety of techniques in remembering names and one of them is called the “SAVE” Method. It works this way:
S – Saying the name of the person at least 3 times in a conversation.
A – Asking a question about the name or about the person.
V – Visualizing the persons prominent physical or personality feature.
E – Ending the conversation with the person’s name.
Let’s say “Hi Antonio, nice to meet you. I like your name, Antonio. My best friend’s name is also Antonio. What field are you in, Antonio? Are you ok with Anton for short?” Then after observing the person physically and their personality, remember what sticks to you. End the conversation with “It was a pleasure speaking with you today, Antonio!”
This useful method can be used to remembering their last names as well. If it looks weird to them that you’re saying their names repeated, you can always tell them that you’re trying to save their name for yourself. It’s a great conversation starter or ice breaker too if you talk about the SAVE Method!
If you work at it repeatedly, you too will become better at remembering people’s names.
Question of the day: What methods do you use to remember a person’s name you just met?