You may think this is an overly simple strategy but greeting people by name during conversations is significant and will improve your interactions.
What’s in a name
Our name is a big part of our identity and it means something when people remember it and use it. The bottom line is always how you make people feel.
Leave a lasting impact
Greeting people by name is one of the most basic and influential social skill strategies especially if your goal is to engage someone in conversation. This strategy works for both introverts and extroverts. If you're an introvert it's a simple way to get the conversation going socially. If you're an extrovert it's important to remember that using someone’s name can leave a big impact.
It’s too late after they walk away
How often have you begun a conversation so quickly that introductions weren’t clear and by the end of the conversation after they walked away, you ask yourself, 'what was his/her name again?'
Try this repetition exercise, it will help you with remembering names:
- During introductions respond by using their name such as, 'great to meet you, "Jeremy" – If their name is unfamiliar, don’t be afraid to ask them to spell their name so you can envision it in writing.
- It's essential to use the person’s name at least twice during your conversation. The more you actually use it in the conversation the easier it will be to retain.
- Then just for a moment during the conversation take a mental photograph, this will help you visualize the person and name as well as help note key details that may be useful later.
- If they provide a business card be sure to write their name, where you met them and what you discussed on the back of it. Frequently we collect stacks of business cards and we don’t remember where we got them or why we kept them.