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What to Do When You're New by Keith Rollag

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SIX

REMEMBERING NAMES

In this chapter we will explore why most of us are bad at remembering names, and how to improve our ability to:

• Learn and memorize the names of new people

• Confidently recall people’s names when we meet them again

• Avoid embarrassment when we don’t

WHAT’S IN A NAME? EVERYTHING

Successful newcomers remember names. After the whirlwind of initial introductions, your ability to quickly and confidently recall peoples’ names when you meet them again makes a big impact. It creates a very positive “second” impression. It surprises. It shows respect. It makes you look smart and competent. More important, it helps you jumpstart relationships and get what you need to be productive, accepted, comfortable, and happy in your new group. ...

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