I’ve been in a few situations over the years, whether in a business setting or in a social gathering, where I am introduced to someone, talk to them, and then can’t remember their name the next time I come across them. It can happen at a later date, or even at the end of an event that same day or night. Embarrassing! The face is easy to remember – the name, not so much. This book excited me because of two things in the title – 7 and Simple. And it delivers on its promise to help you remember names in the future. Each of the 7 techniques is unique. I had heard of a couple of them (repeating the person’s name, for example) but in spite of that, the author offers more of a reason why the technique may work.
The writing is easy to understand and simple to follow. There is just enough scientific information to help explain why we can’t remember a name, but not so much that it reads like a textbook. A couple of the techniques are a bit odd, to me, such as fictionalizing the person’s name, making them into a character, but for some people, that will probably work great.
My feeling, after having read the book, is that the next time I meet someone new, all of the techniques will be racing in my mind, and I’ll pull on several aspects to help me remember their name. This is a good book for pretty much everyone, because the problem of forgetting a name is universal, I am sure. I’m anxious and confident to put it to the test.