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Networking Hack: Don’t Forget Anyone’s Name Ever Again!

Networking Hack: Don’t Forget Anyone’s Name Ever Again!


We’ve all been there: You’ve been introduced, you KNOW this person, and it’s your responsibility to introduce them to someone else. But you can’t remember this person’s name for the LIFE of you.

And so begins the super awkward and uncomfortable moment that we all dread so much. How embarrassing.

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Why is it so hard to remember someone’s name when you first meet them? Because for many of us, when we’re introduced, we’re so focused on saying our own name that we don’t even bother listening to the other person’s name. Then, we use the excuse, “Oh, I’m just so bad with names” as our comfort statement.

Well, it’s time to stop using that excuse and start remembering names. If you use the following networking hack, you won’t have to endure the painful awkwardness of forgetting someone’s name again!

Listen, Pause, And Repeat

Instead, when you’re introduced to someone, pause and listen to their name. Once you’ve heard the person’s name, repeat it back to him or her, then introduce yourself. Then, make sure to say the person’s name in the first sentence or question that comes out of your mouth.

Here’s an example:

“Hi, my name is John Smith. Great to meet you.”

“Hi, John. My name is Alison Pert. It’s a pleasure to meet you! Now, John, have you attended one of these events before? This is my first time and I’m not sure what to expect.”

We learn through repetition. Use their name a few times during your conversation. It helps!

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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Ariella Coombs Ariella is the Content Manager for CAREEREALISM. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in journalism. Follow her @AriellaCoombs or find her on Google+.