I have a pretty good memory for faces. I can remember them for years after just meeting them once or twice.
Names are a whole different thing though. I just can’t remember them. When I hear them they just seem flow into one ear and flap away to freedom from the other one.
Recently I’ve started to use one simple lifehack to remember them.
Instead of just trying to remember the name I associate the name with a picture that I create in my mind. So far, it’s working pretty well. Sometimes though, it can be hard to think up a picture because of the name, stress or my current state of inventiveness.
For instance, if I met someone named Lisa I’d associate her with one of my favourite Simpsons characters: Lisa Simpson. I’d try to place her face on Lisa SimpsonÂ´s body, with her yellow complexion, four fingers and starfish-shaped hairstyle.
Or if I met someone named Thomas IÂ´d just make up a picture where heÂ´s driving a red Ferrari. The connection here is that the Thomas Magnum drove a distinctive red Ferrari in the popular 80Â´s TV-series “Magnum P.I”.
To make the name sticky, it’s important that you build a picture in your mind that really stands out. The weirder and more detailed the better.
Also, I find associating the mental images with some area of life that you are really fond of works well to jog the memory. I (obviously) like a lot of American TV-shows and pop-culture, so when it’s possible I try to build my mental pictures out of such things.
If you have the same problem as me, give it a try. It’s not just an effective solution, but also kinda fun. And if youÂ´re interested in more on memory-improvement, check out one of Harry LorayneÂ´s books for lots of effective techniques.