I’ve always done well remembering folks, but as most would say, I don’t do as well with names… at least, not in a casual environment. I have regular customers at work, who I’ll likely recognize for the rest of our lives… but I’ll be darned if I know what their names are :). When I started my first day of classes at CSUF Irvine, I decided to change that. I’ve made it a concentrated effort, when meeting folks and exchanging names, to actually remember their name. I repeat it out loud, I go over it in my mind, I use it when addressing them, and I think about it throughout the day. With the high percentage of women in my classes, it was the perfect time to make this effort, but even beyond that, it’s been quite pleasant, and has only made this semester that much nicer. So, if you’re “just not good with names,” try to be – you’ll probably love the results.
So far, in the last couple of weeks, I’ve met (spellings may not be accurate):
“Kate” (has a very Asian name, that nobody pronounces well, so goes by Kate)
…and I’ve even become buddies with a guy who does maintenance around the park I workout at, Simi.