I was in a check out line a Sam's club and a past client overheard my voice. I hear in the distance, "is that my Realtor Dale Taylor's voice I hear?" As she approached me she said, "I bet you don't remember my name?" She was correct I didn't for the moment. What I did remember was all three homes I sold her over the past 20 years. I admitted to her I could not think of her name, but I told her I remembered the first home I sold her in Riverdale and the last home I sold her in Richton Park. It is amazing to me how I will look in a face and remember the transaction, but not their name. Sometimes, as I create conversation I will run through the letters A through Z hoping their name comes forward.
It happen to me again recently in Walmart. Again, I remembered their home before I remembered their name. Fortunately, both clients were understanding, resulting in a joyous reunion. I have learned to be very honest when this happens. I have just found a tool for anyone who suffers from "sudden brain-freeze" do to a surprise encounter.
Bad with Names? Try Namerick
Some people have a total blind spot when it comes to storing names. In real estate, this can be the kiss of death. "How will they remember to market my property if they can't even remember who owns it?" With the holiday season in full swing, you're likely to meet dozens of new people at parties, dinners, and community events. If names are problematic for you, what can you do?
Well, if you own an iPhone (or iOS device, like an iPad), you can try Namerick, a handy app to help you remember names in context. This is great for gathering data "in the field" you can then use later to get in touch with people you've met.
Namerick helps you with the "three R's of memory":
1. Record - Lightning fast name entry (with autocomplete) Add notes, categories (Work, Friend, Family, Crush!) and future plans (Like emailing, facebooking, or doing lunch) - Also generate a mnemonic "namerick" for an additional memory boost
2. Retain - Secure storage of new names, text messages (push) with helpful reminders at psychologist tested time intervals for maximum retention - Location for additional memory assist
3. Retrieve - Search by name or any keyword in the notes field, sort names by category and future plans
For a complete overview of how clever (and fast!) this app is, check out the Namerick website. The app is not free, but priced affordably:
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