Memory Tips for Dating

Remembering information about your date (her/his birthday, likes and dislikes, favorite movie, and so on) can go a long way to enhancing a relationship. Dave Farrow, 2-time Guinness Record Holder for Greatest Memory, shares a few memory tips for dating in the video [Read more...]

How Can I Remember Names Better? (Video)

Today we’re going to look at a question that comes up quite frequently, “How can I remember names better?” When you think about it, there’s nothing more important to someone’s identity than their name. We can make other people feel good (and impress them as well)  if we remember their names the next time we meet them — whether it’s in business, social situations, or [Read more...]

Never Forget Names Again

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you had a few reliable memory techniques to fall back on so that you never forget names again?

I found a lengthy article by Luciano Passuello that will give you lots of useful strategies. You may have read about some of these memory tips before, but [Read more...]

Celebrities Help Us Remember Names Better

Celebrities help us remember names better. Who can forget some of the wild and wacky names they give their children — names such as Rumer, Dweezil, Apple, Jett?

I’ve always disliked my name. People would often say to me, “I had an aunt named Ida or my grandmother’s name was Ida.” Clearly I was born into the wrong generation. I wanted to be called Susan or Judy or Karen — some other normal name so I could fit in better with my peer group. There were those people who thought they were being extraordinarily funny and clever by calling me “Idaho potato”, “I da know”, or my all-time favorite (not), “I declare”.

When I met my husband, he told me he was glad that my name wasn’t Susan. He had dated so many of them in high school. “Ida” was memorable. (So why did he once, mistakenly, introduce me to someone as “Susan”? Oops!)

celebrities help us remember names better

celebrities help us remember names better

In a blog post of Feb. 2011, Ed Cooke, a Grand Master of Memory, describes how celebrities help us remember names better by giving their children memorable names.

Celebrities Help Us Remember Names Better

A while ago, a New Zealand judge called Robert Murfitt ruled that a girl who’d been named ‘Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii‘ should be placed in his court’s guardianship until ‘appropriately’ renamed. He felt that the name ‘makes a fool of the girl and sets her up with a clear social disability and handicap’.

This is judge-mental. The child was blessed, not handicapped, with this wonderfully memorable name. Our magistrate should have realized that it is neither necessary nor desirable that we sport names that are, like his, mere collections of sounds.

Considering how easy it is to forget names, we have something to gain from imaginative memorable examples.

…it is only celebrities who seem to name their children memorably: think of Peaches Geldoff and of Sage Moonblood Stallone….

For we can then learn from it- and use our imaginations to bring normal names up to the bench-mark set by celeb-child-naming practices. To see why this is necessary, close your eyes and try to remember the name of the girl and the judge mentioned earlier. The chances are, you can remember the girl’s name and not the judge’s. But had the judge been called ‘the robber with feet made of myrrh’ you’d probably have recalled his name -Robert Murfitt- just as easily as Talula’s.

You can read the entire post here.

I don’t advocate giving children crazy far out names. But I have to say that Ed Cooke’s perspective on how celebrities help us remember names better gave me a new, healthier point of view regarding my own name. To think they’re doing the public a great service by giving their children unique names! What experiences have you had with your name? Tell us in the comment section.



Easy Technique for Remembering Names

Do you want an easy technique for remembering names?

It happens all the time — you feel embarrassed because the face looks familiar but you can’t remember the name. In a social situation, it is often awkward. In a business situation, it may mean the difference between getting and keeping the business – or not.

Ron White past USA Memory champion memorized 92 names in 15 minutes using a 4-step method that he shares in the following video.

Easy Technique for Remembering Names

Here again are the 4 steps to help you improve your memory and remember names:

  • Ask yourself, “What is your name?”
  • Pick out a facial feature.
  • Select a picture.
  • Place the picture on the facial feature.

Have you tried this easy technique for remembering names? Send us a comment and tell us how it worked for you.