Saturday, July 30, 2016

Ten Pointers for Learning and Remembering Names

Here are the 10 most important factors to bear in mind in your quest to remember names.... 

Learn A Name A Day:The 'HOW' and 'WHY'

‘The best way to accomplish any task is to establish a time-table and then stick to it. If you want to increase your ability to leam and remember names, the ideal way is to practice it constantly. And the easiest way to practice is by doing.

The Secret To Remembering People: Make Them Your Keynote

So far we have talked about remembering names. Now we must talk about remembering people. After all, a name is merely a label; the person behind the label is what counts. Unless you are interested, genuinely interested, in the people you meet, you cannot and will not remember their names.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Write It Down To Remember It

If you have listened carefully to a person's name, repeated it several times, and tried to associate it with his appearance or personality, you should remember it.

The Time And Place For Mental Pictures

Mental pictures, like all memory devices, are useful under many circumstances. But they are not always necessary. A salesman or a dentist or a teacher can use them with great profit, for in all of these professions it is essential to remember a great many people who are seen on at intervals.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Using Mental Pictures

 The use of striking mental pictures is so valuable that it is worth examining in more detail. I once witnessed a memory demonstration by a man named DWight Ashley. Mr. Ashley was introduced just once to each person in a room containing perhaps thirty-live people. He took his time with these introductions; he repeated each name once and sometimes twice; occasionally he asked for the spelling as soon as the introductions were completed, Mr. Ashley badge had each person stand up-and they stood up in random order-whereupon he repeated the person’s name. He did not miss a single one.  How did he do it? Mr. Ashley described his method to the group: “I made an amusing mental picture of each person, a picture that helped me to associate the name with the man. For instance, I remembered Mr. Starrett by putting an angel’s star over his head. When Mr. Starrett stood up, that angel’s star rose over him like the eve of the first Christmas. It practically illuminated the room. I couldn’t miss it.”

Associating The Name

If you ever meet a man who is about six feet four inches tall, with a short dark beard, shrunken cheeks, and careworn eyes, and his name turns out to be Arthur Lincoln, I’m sure you’ll remember his name-or at least his last name. 

Repetition Is Vital

In learning new vocabulary words, you will find that repeating them is vital. The same holds true in learning and remembering someone’s name. Watch a good name-man in action. As soon as he’s introduced, he’ll acknowledge it with a “Very pleased to meet you Mr. Barton,” or with a similar comment. He’ll say the person’s name immediately. Then Mr. Barton’s name will pop into the conversation at Virtually every succeeding sentence. When departing, the last remark will be something like, “I hope we meet again, Mr. Barton.” The good name-man will have used Mr. Barton's name as many times as possible. Repetition, as we said before, is the key to retention. 

Remember A Name By First Hearing It

 Mel Forsythe is an easy going insurance salesman. He almost seems to pride himself on the fact that he can’t remember names from one day to the next. He tries to pass this failing off as a joke. It doesn’t work. As a consequence, Mel can’t pride himself on the section of town he lives in, on his yearly income, or on his chances for promotion. What Mel Forsythe doesn’t seem to realize is that there is a close connection between his failure to remember names and his failure to make big money.

How To Learn And Remember Names

“I can’t seem to remember your name” is about the costliest sentence there is. It can cost a salesman an order. It can cost a business executive the loyalty of a subordinate. It can cost a teacher the respect of a student. And it’s safe to say that if you use this sentence, ever, it will cost you a friend. 

The importance of Listening Well

The importance of effective listening can hardly be overstated. Although the mythical Martian nonsense of Orson Welles occurs only once in a lifetime, other less spectacular listening situations occur every day.

Let's Talk About The Dynamics of Effective Listening

You have been hearing about the “three R’s” almost since you were old enough to walk. But have you ever heard about the "one L”? Probably not, although, it is something psychologists and professional educators are giving more attention to every day. The “one L" is listening.