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Five Easy Ways to Remember People's Names


Mary Lee Gannon

 Mary Lee Gannon, CAE

The Life/Career

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From Welfare to CEO of organizations with up to

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Mary Lee Gannon is a Life/Career Reinvention  Coach, strategic planning consultant and president of 
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She is a graduate of Duquesne University's Professional Coaching Program, an alumnus of the Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital Coaching in Medicine & Leadership Conference and a Certified Association Executive. 

 

Mary Lee's personal turnaround came as a stay-at-home mother with four children under seven-years-old who endured a divorce that took she and the children from the country club life to public assistance from where she earned success to support her family.
 
 

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Have you ever been introduced to someone and realized that within seconds you have forgotten their name? This can be a problem in business and your personal life where much of success is based on your ability to connect with people. You can't connect with a prospective client if you have forgotten his or her name. You can't create new friendships if you forget people's names right after you meet them.

 

One of the reasons we forget people's names is because our brain is receiving input from too many sources when we meet them. Brain researchers have discovered that your internal dialogue occupies the same auditory nerve as external sound. It's hard to remember a name when you are having an internal conversation with yourself about what you are going to say next or how you are being perceived.

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt was a master at recalling names. Asked how he did it, he said he saw the person's name written out on their forehead. Over the years simple memory techniques involving sensory integration have evolved to improve name recall.

 

1. Stay externally focused on the person speaking - no self-talk. It distracts the memory.

 

2. Sight - Picture the name of the person written on their forehead in your favorite color of magic marker or in the color they have on when you meet them.

 

3. Sound - Say the name over in your mind and then out loud. "It's very nice to meet you, Jason." Use the name three times in a conversation. Create a rhyme in your head. "Mary seems quite contrary."

 

4. Touch - Move your finger in little micro-muscle movements as if you were actually writing the person's name or in your mind's eye, see and feel yourself writing the person's name.

 

5. After you leave a meeting, write down the names of the people you want to remember with a distinguishing note about each. Since you already have imagined their name on their forehead, write something about a distinguishing part of their face or body or what they wore and list other relevant information on why they are important to you. You can write this on the back of their business card but never write on it in front of them. Business cards are a personal signature of a person and should be revered. Never write on a business card in front of someone.

 

If you are meeting large groups of people the technique of "chunking" is helpful. Most people learn information by chunking it down. Think about your social security number and telephone numbers.

 

When it comes to remembering large groups of people, you can group the names into clusters. Repeat their names back in groups of four or five as you code each one of them into your memory through your three primary senses of sight, sound, and touch.

 

Practice will refine these techniques into habit. Start now!

 

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Mary Lee Gannon is a life/career reinvention coach, strategic planning consultant and president of StartingOverNow.com. She championed a life change that took her from welfare to CEO of organizations with up to $26 million in assets across the last 17 years. She is a graduate of the Duquesne University Professional Coaching Program and an alumnus of the 2010 Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital Coaching in Medicine & Leadership Conference. Her personal turnaround came as a stay-at-home mother with four children under seven-years-old who endured a divorce that took she and the children from the country club life to public assistance from where she worked up to the level of CEO to support her family. Her book "Starting Over" is available in bookstores, online or on her web site at www.StartingOverNow.com 

 

         

 

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Mary Lee Gannon is the president of StartingOverNow.com - Helping people and organizations reinvent to enjoy the freedom that comes from success. With more than 17 years of experience as a CEO of organizations with up to $26 million in assets, Mary Lee coaches individuals and organizations with a Goals-Accountability-Results system. Read testimonials from her clients.  She is a graduate of The Duquesne University Professional Coaching Program and an alumnus of the Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital Coaching in Medicine & Leadership Conference. Her personal turnaround came as a stay-at-home mother with four children under seven-years-old who endured a divorce that took she and the children from the country club life to public assistance from where she rose to the level of CEO to support her family.  Areas of Specialty: Live/Career Reinvention Coaching, Strategic Planning / Board Development /  Executive Coaching / Healthcare / Public Relations / Meeting Facilitation / Leadership / Productivity / Life/Career Transition.  Her book "Starting Over - 25 Rules for When You've Bottomed Out" is available in bookstores and from online booksellers.  

  

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