According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics the unemployment rate has reached an all time high at 4.9% as of Jan 2016. What is equally interesting is that over 50% of U.S. workers are thinking about a new job in 2016. In fact, we may be starting a new job next week, and we are wondering how to make a good first impression.
Call your new peers and employees by name. Nothing makes people feel better than having someone remember his or her name. In fact, Dale Carnegie once said,
A person’s name is to that person, the sweetest, most important sound in any language.
If we think we cannot remember people’s names we are not alone. Research headed by Kansas State University suggests that a person’s interest level significantly determines how well we remember names (Business Insider). Most of us are thinking about how we are going to introduce ourselves rather than listening closely to a person’s name. Through the Dale Carnegie Course, we discovered several tricks to help remember others names.
- Listen when someone is introducing themselves
- Repeat their name – say It is so nice to meet you Mary Kuniski
- Ask questions or comment about their name – say something like my Mother’s name is Mary. Are you Irish?
- Associate the person’s name with something – A business, rhyme, person’s appearance, the meaning of the name, a mind picture or a similar name.