“It was nice meeting you… Uh, well, have a good day!”
Have you ever found yourself stopping in the middle of a sentence because you forgot the person’s name? That’s a bit awkward. Of course, you can just make the conversation neutral, where you don’t have to mention their name, but you always want to make a good impression.
You heard people saying:
“I’m so bad with names!”
“I can remember faces but not with names!”
Our brain can play tricks on us! Especially on stressful situations when you have a million things to think and stressed about. This occurs most often when it is because our attention is scattered. Also, if we are not as busy as we are already, it doesn’t help if we need to go to a million meetings, meeting clients and colleagues, errands to run, tasks that need to be done, etc.
In this case, what if you want to make a good impression and stay professional when you are in an interview? Remembering your interviewer’s name could make you stand out but also make you a solid candidate.
There is an article written by Natalie MacNeil meeting Kwik, a memory and brain performance expert. He has taught many public figures, such as celebrities, entrepreneurs and leaders how to maximize their creativity, memory and abilities to retain information all at once. So yes, our brain can be “trained” to perform at the highest level. Kwik also had many workshops around the world where he performed a training to memorize 100 phone numbers or names all at once.
If you want to be an expert at remembering names, Kwik suggests his S.U.A.V.E method for training. You can start little by little or even use this method when meeting someone or having an interview with your future employer.
Use the SUAVE method to train your name memorization:
- S(ay): Say the person’s name out loud.
- U(se): Use her name in a sentence, e.g. “Hi Sam, thank you for giving me the chance to have an interview with you!” Use the name three to four times in conversation, but don’t abuse it or it will seem unnatural.
- A(sk): Ask the person whose name you’re learning a question. The meaning of her name, or where she’s from, are great starting points.
- V(isualize): Try visualizing something tied to the person’s name. For example, his name is Sunny, well think of the sun.
- E(nd): As you walk away from the conversation, use the person’s name one last time to say goodbye.
These points must have reminded the different ways you tried or heard from someone else for studying or trying to memorize notes for an exam. It is the same concept. Try this method at a conference or networking event, or even a sales meeting or call. One of the easiest ways could be even trying to remember the barista’s name when you get your next coffee at Starbucks.