There is a Mary Kay National Sales Director in Northern Virginia named Kathy Rasmussen (or just Kathy Z). Anyway, she holds a training for directors once a month, and one of her trainings was on remembering people’s names.
I went to this training at the height of my pregnancy brain, and it actually still worked!!
When you meet a new person, introduce yourself and if they don’t offer their name, ask them for it. Say, “it’s nice to meet you, NAME.” Then, ask them something about themself. For instance, “what do you do for a living?” “Are you married?” “Do you have kids?” “How do you know the bride?” etc. Ask a bunch of questions and, this is important, IMPRINT on your brain the INFORMATION, not the name. Then, before you walk away, see if you can remember the name to go with the information. If you do, say, “It was great meeting you, NAME.” And if you DON’T remember the name, say, “It was great meeting you. Share your name with me again?”
The weekend after I went to this training, I went to a wedding—a great place to try it out. Well, it ACTUALLY WORKED!! I remembered people’s names throughout the eitire reception. I have even remembered many of them to this day, and it has been nearly a year since. It really, really works.
Now if I could just remember to do this more, I’d be ALL SET.