How to remember people’s names ~ From the book, “Use Your Brain to Change Your Age: Secrets to Look, Feel, and Think Younger Every Day,” by Daniel Amen
The acronym SUAVE spells out the key steps:
S: Say the person’s name: When someone tells you his name, repeat it in a natural way.
For example, if someone tells you, “I’m Joshua.” Repeat his name in a sentence: “Joshua, nice to meet you.”
U: Use the person’s name: In a natural way, use this person’s name again as the conversation goes on.
“Hey Joshua, can I get you a cup of coffee?”(Remember to use it, but don’t abuse it. If you use his name in every other sentence you’ll start to sound like a salesman about to make a pitch.)
A: Ask questions. This is especially good with unusual names.
Ask the person, “How do you spell that?”
Or comment, “That’s a beautiful and unusual name. Do you know its origin?” Or “What does it mean?”
V: Visualize the person’s name. Create a funny or unique or crazy image in your mind.
For example, if the person’s name is Mark, imagine putting a huge check mark on his forehead.
The wilder the image, the better it will stick in your brain.
E: End every conversation with using their name before you say good-bye.
“It was great visiting with you, Bob,” you might say as you mentally visualize him “bobbing” for apples just one more time.