Have you ever found yourself in the following situation when you meet someone new:
You: “Hello. My name is __________.”
New Person: “My name is ___________.”
You (to yourself): “GREAT! I’ve already forgotten his name!”
Honestly, this happens to me a lot. I guess I’m just not paying attention.
Today I was reading through John Maxwell’s 25 Ways to Win with People: How to Make Others Feel Like a Million Bucks*. In the chapter on “Learn Your Mailman’s Name,” he details the SAVE method for remembering names:
S – Say the name three times in conversation.
A – Ask a question about hte name (for example, how it is spelled) or about the person.
V – Visualize the person’s prominent physical or personality feature.
E – End the conversation with the name.
I’m going to try this with my wife and see if I can remember her name. (That was a joke, people.)