To say someone’s name is sweet music to their ears. It makes a person feel important. Dan and I meet new people all the time. We meet many through dancing and church-related activities. To be introduced to someone and remember their name can be a challenge. Especially as we grow older (I like to use that as my excuse). But actually, I know it is a skill to be learned. It is a skill to remember someone’s name. It takes concentration. It takes repeating their name several times when meeting. You can’t be thinking of something or someone else, and remember their name.
I do have a little journal in my dance shoe bag where I write down the names of the people we meet through dance. When I meet someone new through our home church I also try to write it down. You may say this is cheating, but a person has to do what they need to do. It does seem to help.
Being a quick thinker and recalling someone’s name instantly, especially when out and about, will make that person feel good in their day. It opens up an opportunity for deeper conversation.
Dan and I introduce friends to others. This often happens when you are out socializing. You can’t do this if you don’t know their name. Saying “What’s your name again?” does not sound very intelligent. Trust me, I know from experience. : (
Knowing a person’s name is an important tool for our friendship toolbox. I am challenged to do better and will continue to work on this skill.
Make a difference in someone’s day – know their name.
God’s Word– Philippians 2
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.