Do people forget your name?

You can do something about that.

Give them something to help them remember who you are.

Tell Your Own Story!

Here are seven ways to tell your own story when you meet someone.

1. Tell a story to explain your name.

When I met Surama Castellanos, she said, “My name is Surama. That sounds like an Indian name, but I am not from India.” That short story started our conversation, but more important, it helped me remember her name.

2. Hold ‘em.

My friend the late Gae Hoffman would always hold my hand as long as she was talking to me and not just me. Gae always did that. Gae created a story about herself. In our community, she was known as the “hand-holder.” People lovingly said, “If you let Gae have your hand, she won’t turn you loose until she is finished talking to you.”

3. Hug ‘em.

The late, great motivational speaker, Charlie “Tremendous” Jones would always hug men when he met met them. That really surprised me when I first met him, but it guaranteed that I would never forget him. Charlie was a big man and his hugs were not the usually experienced gentle kind. He gave a big, long, tight bear-hug. You would never forget the “hug ‘em” man.

4. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

Charlie didn’t stop with the hug. While he was hugging and talking to you, he would ask, “You are the real Jimmy Collins?” Then reply, “That’s Tremendous!” Charlie would use the word tremendous several times during every short introduction. He made his nickname his story.

5. Pronounce It

My neighbor, Harriett Rohrbaugh has a very effective story that she uses for children and adults to help them remember and pronounce her name. She says, “Remember the sound of the lion and the lamb, rooaarr … baaa.” How could anyone ever forget Harriett Rohrbaugh!

6. Speak Slowly

When I met him, he spoke slowly and said, “I am Alberto Eyzaguirre.” Immediately, I knew his name, how to pronounce it and have never forgotten it. How can people who tell you their name rapidly expect you to remember it? This is especially true for those with names difficult for the average American to pronounce. Help people remember your name by speaking slowly.

7. Tell People What to Call You

Many people are introduced by their formal name. I like to immediately set people at ease and tell them my informal name. I say, “My name is Jimmy.”
If they try to call me Mr. Collins or James, I say, “Just call me Jimmy.” That’s how I want people to remember me, just a regular guy with a message of encouragement.

Do you want people to remember you?

How do you want them to think of you?

You can help them, if you will …

Tell Your Own Story!

–Jimmy Collins

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