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The “SAVE Method” for Remembering a Person’s Name

By JLP | October 18, 2012

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.)

*Affilite link

Topics: Personal Growth | 1 Comment »


One Response to “The “SAVE Method” for Remembering a Person’s Name”

  1. Miguel Says:
    October 20th, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I’ll have to try it. I’m really bad with names too. I can remember just about everything about you and retain that information in my head – where you live, where you were born, where i met you, how many kids you have, your occupation, your spouse’s occupation, etc. – EXCEPT I cannot remember your name!