What’s the trick to remembering people’s names? Here’s a tip I learned from a pro.

Dale Carnegie once said that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest, most important sound in any language. 

I took a Dale Carnegie class when I was 22 years old, and the first night we practiced memorizing names. There were 50 people in that class, and they taught us a technique that helped me to remember all 50 names by the end of the night. 

Someone recently asked me for help with remembering names to spare them any embarrassment during social events. Today I’ll share a simplified version of that technique to help you master the art of remembering names.

Mr. Carnegie looks at three different things to help him remember names:

  1. Truly listen to the person when they say their name.
  2. Repeat the person’s name as you look them in the eye.
  3. Come up with a visual to associate with their name. For my part, I was “Dean, Dean, the Jumping Jellybean”; if you made the jellybean purple, so much the better. People would envision me jumping up and down to help them remember my name, and it worked!

“Dale Carnegie once said that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest, most important sound in any language.”

While I was researching names and memorization, I came across a lot of very interesting and unusual names—names that you probably wouldn’t have a difficult time remembering if you met that person:

  • Crystal Ball
  • Kash Register
  • Filet Minyon
  • Donald Duck
  • Brock Lee
  • Chris P. Bacon

If you have any questions about this or other topics, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to hear from you.