The Value of Remembering Names
If you really think about it… What is the first thing you typically learn about a person? Is it what they do for a living? Family history? Favorite Color? No.. It’s their name.
Names are super important. A person’s name is ordinarily the first thing you learn about them when introducing ourselves, and can represent a title, assimilation, or reputation. It’s a huge part of our identity.
Our first and middle names are, in most cases, selected by our parents, while our last names represent our family and its history. One could say that there is emotion linked to our names; as well as different meanings. Some people tend to get upset when their name is mispronounced or spelled incorrectly, some people get excited when they meet someone with the same name as them. Names are crucial to a person’s distinctiveness and character. It’s safe to say that our names reflect who we are.
Last week I blogged about missing session one of the Dale Carnegie Course due to a prior commitment I made, yet how grateful I am for the opportunities provided by Dale Carnegie to make up sessions (which I blogged about here!–). Needless to say, I was super pumped for my makeup session for session one. Session one was a basic introduction to the course; starting the 12 weeks off by learning tactics to aid in remembering names. I made up the session with a different class, which was nerve-racking, but nevertheless I had a BLAST. The session included each student introducing themselves to the class, using the “pause, part, punch” approach, which you will learn more about taking the Dale Carnegie Course. We also took advantage of a unique approach of creating a picture for the audience, which aids in the process of remembering names. This helped me tremendously, mainly because many people think in pictures. When we think of family, most of us VISUALIZE family. Or when we think of a vacation? We VISUALIZE that vacation. Many of the descriptions were very creative and imaginative, and actually helped me remember their names! The information I gathered was very useful, and the activities we participated in were witty and fun.
This session helped me so much because… I have to say, and I am sure I am not the only one, but I was HORRIBLE at remembering names. HORRIBLE.
I would run into people in various public places that I recognized, and when they would recognize me, they’d yell “LIZZ!” My name was literally the first thing that came out their mouths. After all, our names are what people address us by, right? It’s who we are.
They would begin to start conversation with me, and I would participate in the conversation… trying to be sneaky… maybe ask them a question to make them say their name so I wouldn’t have to ask. And 9 times out of 10, they can tell that I don’t remember their name. You can always tell by a person’s reaction. How embrassing is that?
Dale Carnegie takes pride in learning how to remember names. In Dale Carnegies Secrets of Success, principle 6 – How to become a friendlier person states “Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” I couldn’t have said it any better! Remembering names is key to success in your professional life and personal life, because it helps you know your clients, your potential clients, your family, friends, significant other, etc. It enhances your relationships (which is so important that I blogged about it here!) and it enhances your credibility as an individual, and shows that you care about a person.
I am looking forward to using these useful strategies throughout the week as I continue to meet new people! I am excited to use the strategies outside the classroom
Later on in the week, I will blog about my experience in Session 3! Stayed tuned.
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