Have you ever met someone in a bar only to forget their name the next time you meet? That’s OK, because it happens to most people. When you’re playing the dating game, remembering names can be a challenge, but it is an absolutely necessary one. The next time you go out, try one (or all!) of these 5 simple tips for memorizing names.
1. Give their name meaning.
When you first meet someone, giving meaning to their name is a great first step to take so you don’t forget it! Split last names into non-abstract concepts. Take the last name Rosenberger, for example — you can split it into ‘Rose’ ‘Hen’ ‘Burger’ to help you add meaning to the name. If words don’t work, try associating images with their name. Doing this to a name will help your brain break down the info into sections that you’ll remember much easier.
2. Associate their name with something.
If the first tip doesn’t quite suit the name you’re trying to remember, associate that person’s name with something visual. It might seem silly, but mentally noting a facial feature like a dimpled chin or something less visual like a lisp will help you! Imagine that feature, his or her face, and say their name is your head a few times.
3. Repeat their name.
This is one of the simplest tips to try when learning names. An easy way to repeat a name right away is to say it back to them, “It’s nice to meet you, Stacy!” Repeat it in your head a few times, too. It might sound goofy, but saying their name in your head in a silly way will help — “STAAAAY-CEEEEEE” — just don’t do it out loud.
4. Take notes.
Most people carry around a phone that has the capability to take notes of some kind, so take advantage of that. Make a note of their name with a quick blurb next to it — maybe their job title or some feature that stands out. If you’re more low-tech, jot down some notes on whatever is available, like a napkin, or perhaps ask for a business card! Seeing the name, no matter how you make note of it, will definitely help.
If you have an iPhone or Android phone, download the Bump app. You can instantly “bump” phones with that hot chick at the bar — that is, if she has the app too. Bump gives the option to include your name, number, photo, and even social profiles.
5. Trust yourself.
Most people convince themselves that they’re terrible at memorizing names, and sometimes even parade it to others. The reality is that you’re setting yourself up for failure! I’ll admit, I’ve been guilty of this in the past, but once I threw doubt out the window and tried, I was far more successful.
[Image via xkcd]