5 ways to never forget a colleague’s name (save yourself the embarrassment!)

So you’re terrible with names right? Well join the club because we’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve gone to introduce a person only to have their names desert us at the crucial moment. *Face palm*

Well we’re delighted to inform you that those days are over. We’d finally reached the end of our name-forgetting tether and so it was straight to the Internet to rustle up five of the best ways never to misplace a colleague’s name ever again.

Take a look and thank us later. You’ll never have to be embarrassed again!

1. Association game

A great first port of call for those of us with sieve-like memories. If a person introduces themselves, think of a person you know with a similar name and put those people in the same virtual box in your head.

Try and make them an old friend or someone you’re less likely to forget for even better results.

2. Immediate action

Repeat, repeat, repeat. That should be your motto as far as name storage goes. As soon as you hear the new person’s name, say it again back to them as a greeting. Just don’t make it weird, fit it into a normal response…

3. Conversation stations

Now you’ve heard the person’s name, use it throughout your initial conversations, this will instantly help to associate the two in your head. Don’t go over the top though, you’re trying to network with a potential colleague, you don’t want to freak them out…

4. Focus on the moment

It’s easy to get flustered when meeting a new person and completely ignore their attempts to tell you their name. But try not to!

That sounds easy granted, but if you concentrate on not getting distracted and listening to the person intently – as you should anyway out of politeness – you’ll find your memory for names improves drastically.

5. Jot it down

If you really can’t remember after those tips, then why not write each person’s name (and a description – eg. Karen – blue dress, works in HR) in your notepad in a special names section.

You can look back at the information later on in the evening, or even on the bus home. Don’t flip open your notes at first mention though, you need to be engaged in the conversation, and it’d be impolite.

Now what?