- see? – use visual strategies
- hear? – use auditory strategies
- touch? – use tactile strategies
- say or discuss? – use verbal strategies
- think about? – use reflective strategies
- sequence? – use sequential strategies
- categorize? – use simultaneous strategies
- Say you are introduced to a woman named Mary. You could visualize her on her wedding day getting married.
- Say you met a little girl named Patricia. You could visualize giving Patricia a pat on her back.
- There is a local garden where I love to take walks. The woman that runs the facility always remembers my name and greets me with a smile. After forgetting her name twice, I decided to come up with a strategy. When she reminded me that her name was Barb, I said, “Ah, there is barbed wire around the gardens to keep the deer out.”
- I remember the first time I met a co-worker named Vera. She was wearing a V-necked shirt, so I made the conscious effort to visualize Vera in her V-necked shirt.
- Say you met a guy named Paul. Perhaps Paul is small. If not, perhaps you could find some part of his body that is small – such as his nose or ears.
- For example, Rich may be a wealthy or a “rich” man.
- “Does his name begin with A? With B?…”
Use a pen and paper. The physical act of writing down the names that you have to remember, can be very helpful for some individuals.
- When you meet someone new, you can place their name and any notes in a little notebook on your smart phone.
- After you are introduced to someone, say their name aloud and then try to use it as much as possible.
- When meeting new people, associate their name with another person you already know that has the same name.
- I remember the flower impatiens, because I used to get impatient trying to remember the name.
Organize information in a sequence or series.
- If you have to learn a group of names, organize them in alphabetical order.
Organize the information into categories. Arrange the material you have to learn by placing the names into groups.
- I have trouble recalling the names of flowers. One day, I noticed that four of the flowers that bloom in my garden each year all start with the letter, H. This is often enough for me to recall: hosta, hydrangea, hibiscus, and hyacinth. What’s more, three begin with the sound “hi!”
- Geranium rhymes with the word cranium (auditory) and my red geraniums in my garden are shaped similar to a brain (visual).
- When I’m networking and meet new people online, I utilize both a visual and tactile approach. All new people are placed into a document within a table. In the first column, I copy a picture of that person. In the second column, I record their name and contact information. In the third column, I record some notes about them and our correspondences.
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