Wednesday, September 1, 2010

How to Remember People's Names

Being in the church scene, I'm meeting people all the time.  I know how daunting it can be to step into a church for the first time, and so I reckon learning people's names at the first meeting is absolutely crucial.  Nothing makes someone feel at home and included like being known by their name, so I aim to do my bit to make church a welcoming place by taking this pretty seriously.  On this note, I found this article over at Lifehacker to be absolute gold!  8 handy tips to learn people's names (even when they're unusual foreign ones) will never go amiss, whatever your situation!

The only tip I disagree with is no. 6: 'don't ever call people by the wrong name.'  He says "if you're not 100% certain that you've got someone's name correct, it's probably better not to address them by it, and instead immediately find some covert way of re-learning it."  In my experience, there's nothing like taking a punt on someone's name and getting it wrong to make you put more effort into learning it!  It's arguable, but I reckon saying "sorry was it John?" says "I care enough about learning your name that I'll go on a limb and potentially embarrass myself to get it eventually."

Anyway, take it or leave it, I found it pretty interesting and helpful.

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