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:

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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!

An Agenda That Could Change Your Life?


I am just getting down to work when Andy comes barging into my office carrying a big box that is completely blocking his line of sight.

“Special delivery!” He calls out.

Suddenly, he trips over a pile of files sitting on the floor beside my desk and he – and the box – come crashing down. “Oomph.”

“Ah Andy are you okay?!” I jump out of my chair and scramble to his side to help him up, sidestepping my ‘to be shredded’ pile along with the spilled notebooks from Andy’s box on my way.

“I’m fine.” He sits up slowly, a distraught expression on his face.

His attention turns to the state of my office, and I immediately sense the judgments he’s making.

“I’m uh…re-organizing. September is a fresh start!” I explain.

Andy doesn’t look convinced. He pulls one of the notebooks that came from his large box, and opens it up. I quickly realize it isn’t a notebook, but a planner.

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Andy grabs a pen from my desk drawer and scribbles something in the margin next to the month of September. Then he hands it over to me.

I look down and read Andy’s neat handwriting: “September is a fresh start!”

“Now, you can remember this moment, and use it to set your goals moving forward,” Andy says with a smile.

“But I don’t need a planner, I keep everything organized on my iPhone,” I reply.

“And how often do you look back at your digital notes, months later, to assess what you’ve accomplished?” He asks. “I use my paper agenda to track my goals – both professionally and personally. It really helps me stay on track.”

Where did this Andy come from? I think to myself. Mr. Goal Chaser.

“Nothing beats a handwritten collection of your thoughts,” he says. “All the great ones did it – Charles Darwin, Thomas Jefferson, Beatrix Potter.”

I flip through the planner, noticing the weekly and monthly page spreads, with plenty of room for notes. Maybe this is just what I need. “Thanks Andy, great idea.”

“Not to mention, I figure this way, when I become famous, I can sell my planner on eBay for the big bucks!” He jokes.

We sit on my office floor, laughing loudly. “Who knows, Andy? You’re so full of surprises, it just might happen!”

Back-to-School Trends to Watch For


Every year, we see the back-to-school ads and promotions start a little earlier, as retailers race to beat out the competition. It’s the second-largest spending season of the year for retailers, and the pressure is on to bring in the most customers and, of course, the dollar signs.

This Global News article summarizes some key trends in Canadian back-to-school shopping this year. Here are some highlights worth noting:

  • 79% of Canadians will shop for back-to-school online with Albertan’s spending the most at $201 online
  • Two thirds of Canadians plan to start their back-to-school shopping in August (right now!)
  • The average Canadian will spend $325 in stores

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