Remembering Names is Easier Than Remembering Faces
How many times this has happened to you? You are at a business a networking event where you have lots of opportunity to find new customers for your company. As you are walking around the place visiting people, someone stops you and says, “How nice to see you again!” You look at their face and fail remembering the face, but you can remember their name. One would think that it would be the other way around, but one research study showed different results. You are more likely to remember a person’s name rather than remembering their face. Keep reading to understand more
A friend of mine once told me that she was terrible with names. Laughing, she said she “met” her friend’s brother, twice. The first time she spent time focusing on his facial features. He was a tall man with dark hair and a bold jawline. She made the same mistake many people do. Science shows when you try to remember someone in this way, your mind can be distract, and you are not able to remember the name
A lot of complete research and studies were done, but scientists still haven’t discovered why people remember names better than faces. Our sudden reaction to it is to say that names must be harder to memorize than faces, but researchers have never been able to suggest a persuasive explanation for it
Tips on how to remember names
If you still think that remembering faces is easier than names, follow a process that will help you remember their name the next time you face them again. Pay attention to when they first introduce themselves and repeat their name out loud. Saying “Nice to meet you, Jane” will be enough. Find something about them that is easy to remember. Maybe they have a detailed necklace on or an unusual hair color. After you are done speaking with them, say their name one more time. If you get a business card, that’s great for sales. But it won’t always help you remember their name the next networking event you go.