How many times have I been in that situation? Just met somebody at church, had a nice chat, figured out a mutual acquaintance, and as soon as he walks away I can’t quite recall if his name was Scott or Steve. Fail.
At CentriKid, we work hard at building relationships with the folks we encounter along the way, and an important way to show value to a campus contact, a church sponsor, or a kid at camp is to learn his name. You do the same at church with new members, prospects you’ve encountered, or the friend who visited with a buddy.
This article caught my eye because of its practical advice about remembering normal names and irregular names too. But beware, it is an outside link, and the bullet points are good, but he’s a little careless with his language in some of the explanations.
I’ve made some progress at learning names by repeating them in the conversation and by finding some type of common ground so I can make an association later on. But there are always those moments when I’m careless or just plain forget. The fear of embarrassment or of insulting a new acquaintance is often enough motivation to keep me on top of my game. What do you do to remember names when you meet someone new? And be honest… how successful are you at recalling names later on?