Finally Remember Names With Confidence by Using Social Media.

Today’s post is going to be short and to the point. How often have you met someone who you know you should remember their name, but can’t.  If you work or have anything to do with a public-facing job, this has probably happened to you at least once.

So how is it that some people are better at remembering names than others?

I’ll share a tip with you.  Friend people who you even have a suspicion of meeting again in offline life on Facebook.  

This may run counter to what all privacy experts recommend, but I can assure you, if you want to avoid many awkward moments, be liberal with your friending.  This is because you can keep people you know you are going to meet again forward in your mind.

The human brain is a great data organizer.  It synthesizes and purges information based on the frequency that it occurs to it.  For example if you meet people once or twice a year, the brain has a hard time keeping important information like their name near the forefront.  Whereas if you have someone’s name and their status updates in front of your eyes every day, the brain generally will have that information available to you next time you meet that person in offline situations.

So what are the implications of this recommendation for your Facebook page, and what you post there?  If you are going to have a broader social network, would it not be prudent to not post everything to Facebook.  The short answer for this is yes.  There are a lot of things that should not end up on Facebook. Even if you have your privacy settings set to Fort Knox, you should not be sharing anything online that you wouldn’t want coming back to haunt you.

What one should post to their social profiles will be a subject of future posts.  To give a brief preview of what these future posts will contain, there is one thing that should be the theme of every post if you want to build more interaction online.  Bring value to others with what you post.  This can be as simple as making a post adding commentary to local events.  Or sharing updates on a project you are working on, and can’t wait to debut at the next event.

If you have any other tips that you have found helpful for remembering the names of contacts that you meet with infrequently, but want to remember their names, feel free to share it here.  Our names are an important part of our identities, and if someone can’t be bothered to remember it, we have a hard time making those connections that leave lasting impact.

Till Next Time

Chris

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