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(and Remember Them!) This is definitely much easier said than done. However, there are a few easy tricks you can utilize to remember someone’s name when you first meet them. All tricks can be used in tandem to almost guarantee you’ll become a name virtuoso in no time!
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• Move slowly – this displays composure.
• Lean forward, slightly – this displays that you’re engaged and interested in conversation.
• Smile – a smile always conveys that you’re enthusiastic and happy to be where you are.
Don’t: • Slouch – others perceive you as unconfident.
• Touch your face/neck areas – others see you as uncertain, unsure of yourself.
• Move hastily – others tend to feel nervous or uneasy.
• Fold your arms – this tends to reflect that you’re closed off to others.
• Fidget – this tends to come across as nervous, which can makes others nervous as well. Look Interested Eye contact, coupled with nonverbal cues can aid in looking interested while others are speaking to you. You always want to look interested in what others are saying – no matter how boring their topic of conversation may be. Looking disinterested is not only rude but can give off an extremely bad impression. Obviously, they feel that whatever they are saying is worthwhile, otherwise they would not be saying it. Give Nonverbal Cues Similar to body language, it’s important to give nonverbal cues while someone is speaking to indicate that they have your undivided attention. Examples include head nods, maintaining eye contact, laughing or smiling at their jokes or emotionally reacting properly otherwise to their stories. Speak Clearly When it’s your turn to speak, you want to ensure that you’re speaking clearly and not mumbling. A great way to tell if you’re doing so is if others are repeatedly asking you to speak up or repeat yourself. While speaking, it’s important to vary your speech patterns to avoid dull or monotonous tones which can become very boring. Change up the pace at different points, emphasize different words that are more important and take moments to pause whenever you need a break to either collect your thoughts or have a sip of water. Dress to Impress You don’t need to dress as if you’re a fashion icon, but it is important to look polished and put together. Aim to be presentable and wear clothes that are well fitting. Ensure that, in addition to your clothing, your hair, skin and nails are well groomed and hygienic as well. Ultimately, the point is not to appear physically attractive – it is so that nothing is distracting from what you are trying to say. Smile Never underestimate the power of your smile! A smile can turn a bad situation upside down in an instant so always keep it in your back pocket. It’s your best and most effective tool in any social situation.