The Importance of Remembering People’s Names


It is quite critical to remember people’s names for a variety of reasons. The first benefit is that it improves relationships; the individual with whom you’re chatting will feel far more at ease around you if you recall their name. This simple act gives them the impression that they have a stronger bond with you.

It is stated in the book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” that making an effort to remember people’s names in the first try is one of the greatest ways of making a good impression. Remembering names is also crucial because it helps people feel important; it makes people feel appreciated and encourages them to be more comfortable working or chatting with you. When meeting somebody for the first time, remembering their name can assist to develop a sense of ease and a more familiar bond.

In fact, using someone’s name just after meeting them demonstrates how that person left an effect on you. By recalling their name, your relationship with them will feel more solid and concrete. People love it when you mention their name while greeting them, such as “it’s good to see you again, Alice.” If you’re unsure if you recall their name, don’t be scared to ask! People would rather you ask than speak awkwardly around their name for the whole of the conversation, yet it is always preferable to know their name at the outset.

Being recognized is a significant aspect of many people’s life. We are continuously doing things for which we feel we should be recognized. Remembering someone’s name might make them feel as though their personality was enough to make them distinctive and worthy of recognition. Names are a key entry point for knowing more and more about someone. Remembering someone’s name creates a strong basis for a more intimate connection and a stronger, long-term relationship by establishing respect from the outset. Even when we try very hard, it might be difficult for some individuals to remember names, especially when we are continually meeting new people in various spheres of our lives.

This article is part of our
Business Coaching blog series. At Dataczar we talk to a lot of small businesses. We’ve found a few books that we keep recommending time and again. To better help our customers, we’ve added a Reading List for Small Businesses to our website. We encourage every small business owner to read and keep these timeless business books on their office shelf.