MemoryNever Forget a Face
It’s all too easy to forget people’s names after you’re introduced to them. But here’s a simple technique that could change your life, and improve your popularity overnight … (potentially).
This technique helps you to make a memorable connection between the face you’re looking at and the name they just said. It takes a little effort at first but once you’ve mastered it, you’ll get quicker and quicker, and hey soon it’ll be almost like these people have got their names written all over them …
Here’s how to do it:
Might seem obvious but PAY ATTENTION when you’re told the person’s name.
It’s good to hear the name more than once. So you could get the person to repeat it – or you repeat it. Perhaps ask a question.
Think: what does that name remind me of? The name ‘Roz’ might remind you of a ‘rose’ for example.
Now have a close (but subtle) look at the person’s face and decide what’s their most noticeable bodily feature. It could be a big nose, or freckles or a beauty spot.
Now use your imagination to link the name image with their noticeable feature. If Roz has a lots of freckles for example, you could imagine each of them turning into a tiny rose. If possible, make the link memorable! Funny, bizarre, weird – all good.
Next time you see her, scan her face, and you’ll see those freckles again … and remember the rosebuds … and remember her name was like rose … Roz.
Practice, practice, practice. Go through a newspaper or yearbook and actively memorise as many names as you can.
Create shortcuts. Some names come up regularly and you’ll soon figure out handy images for them. For example, you might start to associate anyone called Brian with a ‘brain’. If the guy’s got a huge nose, imagine it’s got all the wrinkles of a brain etched into it. Or if he’s got three piercings through his eyebrow, you could imagine they’re like meat-hooks holding up three mini-brains. Whatever comes to mind, and the more memorable the better.
Move onto surnames too. It’s the same technique as for first names – and you can figure out shortcuts here too. Eg perhaps you’ll imagine everyone with a ‘Mac’ surname in tartan.
Ever found yourself gazing at a familiar face, unable to remember what the person’s name is? It’s a really common problem.
But there’s a simple way to memorise a person’s name and it only takes a few seconds to do. Just pay attention… and use your imagination.
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