Saturday, February 6, 2010

Be Happy – Improve Your Memory (Part 13)

Many times, we forget the names of those persons who might have met us some time ago and when they meet again, we have to cut a sorry figure. Sometime, we try to remember the name but fail to recollect. It is also a weakness of our memory. Remembering people's names needs a slightly different approach though the techniques to be used are quite simple.

Remembering People's NamesJustify FullSystems Needed:

• The Link Method
• The Roman Room Mnemonic

Using the Tools:

We may use the following tools:

1. Face association

Examine a person's face discreetly when you are introduced. you must try to find an unusual feature, whether ears, hairline, forehead, eyebrows, eyes, nose, mouth, chin, complexion, etc.
Create an association between that characteristic, the face, and the name in your mind. The association may help you to link the person with someone else you know with the same name. Alternatively it may be to associate a rhyme or image of the name with the person's face or defining feature.

2. Repetition

When you are introduced, ask for the person to repeat their name. Use the name yourself as often as possible (without overdoing it!). If it is unusual, ask how it is spelled or where it is comes from, and if appropriate, exchange cards. Keep in mind that the more often you hear and see the name, the more likely it is to sink in. Also, after you have left that person's company, review the name in your mind several times. If you are particularly keen you might decide to write it down and make notes.


The methods suggested for remembering names are fairly simple and obvious, but are useful. Association either with images of a name or with other people can really help. Repetition and review help to confirm your memory. An important thing to stress is practice, patience, and progressive improvement.

Be Happy - Enhance Your Social Network by improving Your Memory to recollect the names easily.

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