This week we are going to look at one of the most frequent questions I get in a workshop — “How do I remember someone’s name?”
My guest today is Jerry Bellune, Entrepreneur, Editor, Publisher; Author.. and the list continues.
Jerry and I ‘met’ years ago via the Internet and have been business friends ever since. I always learn something from Jerry’s posts and books.
Here is how he cracked the code on remembering both names and jokes:
“After I sent MaryJo Briggs Austin, a fellow author and member of our Toastmasters club, a video of a wonderful storytelling joke, she responded that she is a terrible joke teller.
My reply: Most of us have trouble remembering the punch line or leaving out a detail in telling a joke that sets up the punch line. What I did to overcome this was what I did in working to remember people’s names.
I said their names a lot. It was music to their ears.
“It’s a pleasure to meet you, MaryJo” or “I’d love to know more about what you do for your clients, MaryJo” or “May I have your card, MaryJo?” etc. After that, I can recall her name by imagining what she looks like.
When you hear a good joke you want to remember to:
- Repeat the punch line in your brain and write it down.
- Tell it to someone who hasn’t heard the joke.
- Find others and tell them the joke.
By the time you’ve used someone’s name in conversation 3 times or told the joke 3 times, you’ve locked it into your memory.”
**** A big thank you to Jerry for this simple and effective strategy to remember names and jokes. Jerry has a free gift for all my readers:
Write to him at JerryBellune@yahoo.com to receive a copy of his new eBook “Uncover Your Inner Sales Genius”