Have you ever met someone for the first time, shook their hand, introduced yourself, and then immediately forgot their name within seconds after they start talking?
Unfortunately, that’s the case for most people.
It’s been measured that humans have approximately an 8-second attention span (shorter than that of a goldfish). If that’s true, then that means you can have a 10-minute conversation with someone and the other person would have only retained about 1% of everything you just said.
It’s a bit disheartening to know that you could be talking to someone who appears to be listening, but is really thinking about what they’ll be having for lunch (which I am sure many of us are already guilty of).
Remembering a person’s name is one of the things that people forget almost instantaneously upon meeting someone new.
Of course, with all the distractions in the world, it can be hard to not let your mind wander. But if you take away just one thing from an entire conversation you have with someone, it should at least be their name.
In life, we encounter dozens upon dozens of people on a daily basis. First impressions can often be a “make it or break it” situation because you may never know what someone else knows, who they know, what they do, or how they can help you in the long run. And you never know if that first encounter will be your last.
When it comes to work, relationships, and just your every day routine, the people that surround us are the ones that make the biggest impact towards the outcome of any given situation. And you might not discover the potential that can manifest from a single interaction if you can’t even remember their name.
We should strive to remember the names of the people we meet. It just may make a huge difference. And if not, it can at least bring a smile to their face.
The next time you meet someone, try to remember their name. It might be worth it in the long run.
*This article was originally published by Lindsey Lazarte on LinkedIn