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Whether you are on the job hunt or you find that you are looking to see what job out there is going to suit you, you are going to be meeting a lot of new people. Take some time and make sure that you consider how you are going to keep their names straight. They say that careers are built on knowing the right people, but you have to remember who they are first! If you want to work on switching careers, take some time, grab a business card, and come up with some mnemonic tricks!

In the first place, make sure that you know yourself. If you are someone who forgets names, or worse, tends to mix up names and faces, you should be someone who works on it. Take some time and make sure that you consider what your options are going to be and think about how you can remember. There are many different mnemonic tricks that can help you keep someone’s name in mind, but the thing that you need to keep in mind is that they are not always going to work. If you forget someone’s name, make sure that you are up front about it, and if you promise not to forget again, remember that this is a promise that you should keep.

When you want to remember someone’s name, there are a number of things that you might try. For instance, if a person has a name that breaks down into words, think about an image that you can associate with their face. For instance, someone with the name “Welton” might cause you to create the image of a well sitting in the middle of a town. Associate that image with their face and you will find that it can essentially act like a mental marker that tells you what their name is. While this might get harder for some names, it can be a good start for you. Similarly, you might find that when you want to remember names, you can try mentally “writing” the word above their head in glowing letters. Let your mind’s eye trace the path of the letters and you will find that this can add a visual component to your memory.

If you are in a place where you have forgotten someone’s name, you are going to be in better shape if you have a third person around who has introduced you. If you know someone who could introduce you or you are with someone who knows both of you, you will find that it can be very easy to keep from using their name until someone mentions it. Just remember that in general the longer you go without knowing someone’s name the more awkward it is going to be when you need to ask. If you know someone who knows, you can always ask about them in a roundabout way and this can allow you to save face quite nicely.

If you need to confess that you have forgotten someone’s name, remember that you should be frank about it. You can be a little bit embarrassed but don’t overdo it. Remember that this is something that happens to everyone!

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