Master of human relations Dale Carnegie said it best more than 70 years ago:
Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
It is listed in his book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, publlished in 1936 under Six Ways To Make People Like You.
Remembering someone’s name shows that you care about them, that they are important. But, if you are like me, you need some help in this area. As a smalll business owner, or sales professional, think how great it is when someone has remembered YOUR name….. Carnegie was really on to something hiere.
So you are not a memory whiz but you want to improve your skills. The Internet is full of sites with tips on how to better remember people – it boils down to really paying attention, saying the name over several times – either out loud or in your head, and finding an anchor of some type.
Former president Franklin Roosevelt pictured someone’s name written across their forehead – and was one to always seem to remember anyone’s name. Try imagining a black pen writing in cursive or bold block letters on someone’s forehead the next time you meet someone. Try it today!
Some other tips to remember names can be found at Learn That – or find your favorite tips and post the link in our comments. If you get the chance, buy How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – it is a classic on improving human relations skills, and while written a long time ago, its spirit is the backbone of current Carnegie training that goes on all over the world. Buying one used could be the best $7 or so you’ll spend because it will be your guide into thinking more about other people and less about yourself.