I have a confession to make: I’m terrible at remembering names. Can you relate to my dilemma? At parties and networking events, this can create big problems for you.
Many people take it personally if you don’t remember who they are, especially if they’ve met you more than once. This can present a challenge if you’re job searching, because in theory – you should be attending many networking events. And, networking means meeting new people – lots of them.
If you’re going to events that ask guests to wear nametags, this issue can be helped some. But, you will often meet people more than once. In a new context, it can be difficult to remember who’s who.
Below are my tips on how to remember names. If you follow these, people will think you’re a pro at remembering who they are.
- Always carry business cards. Store them everywhere – in your bag, in your desk, and in your car. You never know when you might need one. If you don’t have a business card from work, order your own online. They can be basic with just your name, phone number, and e-mail address.
- Exchange business cards with everyone you meet at networking events. It can seem awkward at first, but in time it will seem natural. When you offer your business card, the person you meet will be prompted to give you theirs (without you having to ask).
- Bring a pen. Keep a pen in your jacket. When you have a quiet moment, take notes on the back of every business card you receive. You should take note of the date, the event where you met them, and any memorable details that you spoke about.
- Organize your cards. Create a system, so that when you return home, you can easily access the business cards you’ve collected. I recommend getting clear plastic sheets that are made for business cards. They fit into 3 ring binders, and will allow you to see both sides of each card.
- Review your cards. Before you attend your next big networking event, flip through your binder of business cards. Review the notes on the back of each card. This will keep everyone fresh in your mind.
If you follow these five simple steps, people will think you’re a pro at remembering names. After struggling with this issue for years, I was once introduced as “this is Angela – she has an amazing memory for names!”
Give it a try. The stress of remembering names will melt away, and you’ll be able to focus on the networking event and your job search.
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Author: Angela Copeland
Angela Copeland is Founder and Coach for Copeland Coaching, a great way to jump start your job search. Follow her on Twitter @CopelandCoach for tips on finding the perfect job for you.