How do you remember names?
By The Horse
Walnut Creek, California
November 19, 2023 9:44am CST
I have about 25 guitar and piano students now. I print out a schedule, so I can remember everyone's name when they come for a lesson. But one newer student's account is in his mother's name. He is a piano student, and he has some natural talent. He sings along when he plays, like Keith Jarrett and Glen Gould. But he sings in key. He is about nine. For his first two or three lessons, I couldn't remember his name. I knew it was "unusual" and "cute." So when his father called him "Benji" a couple of lessons ago, I secretly thought "Disney Dog." and then "Benji Molina, professional baseball catcher." It worked! Now I say "Hey, Benji! What do you want to work on today?" when he comes for a lesson. Psychologists call what I used "mnemonics": memory devices to help you remember stuff. "Every Good Boy Does Fine" is a mnemonic for the lines on the treble staff. I will post my "naughty" mnemonic for the cranial nerves on Craig from Iowa's After Hours platform. How do you remember names?
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I deal with approximately 40 students in each class across 3 colleges & many names are common, I remember them by attaching their locations to it....so I know in college A, location X is where Sneha is from & college B's Sneha is from location Y
• Los Angeles, California
I'm actually good with names - I don't know how, I just remember. All my life I have appreciated those who remembered my name (and most people don't because it is not a typical name). So I guess I've sort of made it a mission to connect a person to their names right away - they are often shocked I can recall it next time around.
@TheHorse That was a good idea how you could remember his name after his father said it. I used to work at a place and I never met the people but by their voices I could remember their names and called them by name and they were very impressed. Now I am lucky I remember my name and my cat's name.
• United States
Well John, wouldn't you like to know? I mean, you have to remember I was in sales, Matt, and as such I had to remember all sorts of people. Steve, it was really simple. Just pick a detail, you see, Eric, like a crooked eye or a square nose, and then associate that detail with a name. Presto. Voila! And just like that, Shawn, you can see how easy it is to remember a name. Nice chatting with you again, Mike, it's been real.
• Walnut Creek, California
I like the sales technique of finding a similarity with the potential customer. When I would mention I had a horse, sales people would hestate and then say, " My wife's cousin had a horse!" or something like that, Jim.
• San Jose, California
I am terrible for remembering names, but I remember faces. Sometimes I can't remember why I remember the face, even though I recognize it. I have seen Costco cashiers in line while out getting pizza and have excitedly waved to them, knowing I recognized them from somewhere, only to get confused waves back because I don't actually know the person well at all.