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Chapter 12. REMEMBERING NAMES > SEVEN STEPS TO REMEMBERING NAMES

SEVEN STEPS TO REMEMBERING NAMES

SEVEN STEPS TO SUCCESS

Following is a simple seven step process to remember names:

  1. Have a positive mental set.

  2. Be interested in remembering each person’s name.

  3. Listen attentively and if unsure what it is, ask for a spelling.

  4. Form an association to something you are familiar with (perhaps with someone else that has a similar name.)

  5. Use the substitution process by substituting the name with a silly picture, or with something you’re familiar with, such as:

    Ruth—Baby Ruth candy bar

    Bill—Thousand dollar bill

  6. Link the silly picture to the person’s name.

  7. Repeat the name and substitution (or association) until you are confident you know it.


The above process forces you to listen, pay attention and concentrate. By putting these together along with substitution and/or association, your ability to remember names should measurably improve. The more you practice—the better you will become at remembering names.


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