Moving and being the new gal in town is never easy. There are a lot of exciting opportunities sure, but learning and remembering so many vinas’ names can be daunting. I’ve moved across the country twice (California to Maryland and Maryland to Colorado) so in this arena, I’ve got your back. Here are some of my favorite foolproof tips on remembering names!
I’ve met some people who swap business cards, which is rad when it happens. One time, a woman gave me her calling card (a business card minus the business), and I thought that was pretty cool. Most of the time you’ll swap info via text message. What I’m getting at here is that one of the best ways to remember someone’s name is to get it in writing as soon as possible. With a text you get names and numbers while you’re still face to face, giving you a better shot at committing it to memory.
The best way to remember anything-seriously anything-is to write it down. If you don’t exchange texts right away, you can add their name to your bullet journal. I used to just pen things in my day planner, but since I’ve fallen down the bullet journal hole, I can’t imagine doing things any other way. One of my fave features is that you can set up an entire page dedicated to names and locations of new people you’ve met and then log it in your index. Easy reference, easy to remember.
LABEL YOUR PHOTOS
If you’re meeting someone through a mutual friend, at a play group with your kids, or even at a party, you can easily remember names by labeling your photos. All mobile devices offer a way to make notes or add labels to photos while they are still on your phone. Take that great group selfie and then in the notes, list the first names of everyone in the pictures. In one super-efficient move you’ve got a great group photo and an easy way to keep track of all the people you’ve met.
BECOME SOCIAL MEDIA PALS
The quickest way to keep up with people is to follow them on social media. Be it Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat you can easily remember names if you are social media friends. Tread lightly with this one, you don’t want to come off over eager since many people are careful with their social media. If you and your new vina click while chatting, and you’re both comfortable exchanging info, then you know you’re not going to forget names anytime soon.
AND IF YOU FORGET…
Be honest about it. Really. There isn’t anything to be embarrassed about if you forget someone’s name. In our nonstop world where we are expected to remember and do everything, it’s okay to forget something once in a while. In order to forget with grace, you’ve got to first admit it and be humble about it. People appreciate real. Plus, you’re less likely to forget a second time!
New in town? Well, start swiping and get out there!