The chances are you’re like me, you meet someone, hear their name, and likely forget it milliseconds later.
Why is that? Well, there are dozens of reasons, but predominantly it seems that it is because we are better at remembering things we are motivated to learn. First names, for the most part, are generic and, well, we just forget them.
Here’s a hack that you should get into the habit of doing.
Try to determine the color of the person’s eyes you’ve just met whilst repeating their name.
Why does this work?
Because it engages the brain, makes the recipient feel that you are interested in them, and by repeating their name you have positively asserted their name into the hippocampus region of your brain. This part of the brain (housed deep inside the medial temporal lobe) helps to transfer short-term memory into long-term memory and will be triggered by creating a ritualized habit of a two-step approach: determine eye color and repeat the first name.
Trust me on this.
Forgetting someone’s name and saying the ridiculous “I didn’t catch your name” further pushes you down the generic forgettable path. Being able to refer to someone by their name shows respect, an interest that could lead to, well, who knows where!
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