Tricks for Remembering Names


Being able to remember a person’s name shows that the interaction you had with them was important to you. However, as there are people who have the skill of being able to remember names, others have a difficult time with it. Using strategies from this article to practice remembering names can help improve your name retention abilities:

Man Trying To Remember Names

Repeat names throughout the conversation

Repetition helps the brain form necessary connections for retaining information. Address a person’s name throughout the conversation, especially during greeting and parting.

Make mental associations

Associate a person’s name with something memorable in your world. The more bizarre the association, the more likely it is that you will remember the connection. For example, if you were to meet a person named Jay who is a music producer, you could picture a blue jay at a mixing board so that you can remember both his name and occupation.

Study names in print

Make use of name tags, it is just as important to listen as it is to read. When you are able to read a name and have a face to assign the name to, it helps imprint the connection in your memory.

Ask for clarification with difficult names

It is perfectly fine to ask someone to repeat their name for you. When the name is repeated, say it again to yourself for verification.

If you forget a name, address it head on

Try to offer any information you know about a person if you have forgotten their name. This information could be something as simple as where you had originally met. If you have an idea of what a person’s name could be, go ahead and give it a shot and ask them if you have remembered correctly. If not, then apologize – it happens to everyone!

Expand and Improve Your Network


In business, much as in life, having the right network of people can often lead to success. When combined with hard work, the right network can be the difference between make or break. However, building a prosperous network is not an easy task by any means – it requires time and effort. An article from Young Entrepreneur Council outlines three key tips for building a stronger network:

  • Make Yourself Uncomfortable
  • Build Your Network Before You Need It
  • Follow Up, Every Time

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You can find a more in-depth outline of each by clicking on the link to the article, but following these steps can ensure you make the right connections and maintain the ongoing relationships necessary for a sustainable network.

Do You Have the Right Tech Skills?


Our workplace is overwhelmingly becoming more and more technology oriented. From laptops and mobile devices to smart watches, we are relying on technology more than ever. Recently, The Globe and Mail put together an article called Fifteen basic tech skills all entrepreneurs should have – in which they outline answers from some of the top entrepreneurs as to what skills they think all small business owners, freelancers or entrepreneurs need to have.

Learning New Tech Skills

While the list is relevant for entrepreneurs; it also carries over to all workers of all ages. These skills can help you stay on top of the job market and the increasing requirements that new jobs demand. Here is part of the list from that article:

  • Managing an inbox
  • Basics of analytics
  • Basic HTML coding
  • Communicating via social media
  • Customer acquisition
  • Handling your own computer
  • Map out e-marketing

The original article outlines more skills and details about each skill (see link above to original article). This is what leading entrepreneurs find as useful skills – how do you fare in your skill development compared to these tech capabilities? Keeping on top of new technology and developing relevant skills will be fundamental in staying prepared for a long, successful career.