I’m not stellar with first names. I’ve been on a mission as of late to improve this skill, especially at our daughter’s daycare where parents are understandably linked to their offspring. Such as Colin’s mom or Audrey’s dad. The kids in my daughter’s class see me and immediately say “Anna’s daddy”. Very cute I must say, yet it does not help me to achieve my Q4 goal.
About six weeks ago we had a daycare picnic. At the weekend gathering, I made it a point to memorize some new names. I learned a few and probably only remember two of them six weeks later. One I do recall is Conrad’s mom, Angela. To reinforce her name we shared her name with Baby Singe. I didn’t really expect her to learn the name or memorize it a full month later either.
A couple weeks ago I went to pickup of Baby Singe from daycare and Conrad’s mom, Angela, surprisingly declares “Anna knows my name. My own son doesn’t know my name“. Huh, biting my lip trying desperately to recall Angela’s name.
“wow, that’s remarkable“, I state. [still not fully remembering her name… got it Angela]
She proceeds to tell me a quick story about how Anna used her name over and over again in class. Personally, I’ve tried the entering names in my BlackBerry trick. That does a pretty decent job, but can be challenging when face-to-face with someone. I use the BlackBerry trick most often when I see someone in the distance who I anticipate will want to chat. It works pretty alright, but does have some drawbacks.
There’s also the word association trick which can work if the name is fairly unique. (Phoebe, Foebe, Feebe… gave me a freebie… got it. Free coffee folks). I think I know about 27 Jennifers and 6 Meg(h)ans so that makes this trick not as successful.
I have four more Q4 goals to set and accomplish before December 31st. I wonder if using my daughter to accomplish MY goal truly qualifies as accomplishing the task? What’s your trick to learning someone’s name?