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09/09/09
About Remembering Names
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Networking, First Year on Job, Recruiters, Mature professionals, Post-docs, Technicians, Legal matters
Posted by: site admin @ 12:00 pm

Does it happen many times to you,
as it has
for me?  Forget someone’s name. 

There are procedural aids that commonly
help
us, like
  - introducing yourself, ‘hello, my
name is ….’
then giving time for h(er)im
to provide their name.

  - using their name several times in the
next part
of your conversation
  - writing the name down on a handy
sheet

  - associating a unique characteristic
with the
person
  - entering the new name into Outlook,
your phone
or your blackberry

An interesting tip came today about a
person who
did a sales call.  He learned
to
jot down peoples’ names and the
type/color of shirt/top they wore at a
meeting.  Then,
use that knowledge in
addressing
responses to their questions,
requests for
questions or business
information or ending the conversation.


Using a person’s name is one of those
tips in
developing good small talk habits
that benefit professionals everywhere.

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