Putting Names and Faces together to remember better
you ever been in a situation where someone you know came up to you in the street
and started chatting for ages about something from the past, and try as you
might, you just could not remember this person's name? Maybe you couldn't
even remember where you knew them from, so you worded your own questions very
Well you're not on your own if you have been in such a situation.
This method of memory association will ensure that it does not happen again.
When you first begin memory association you may feel that
it takes too much effort or time, but practice will not only make perfect, but
you will amaze everyone with your super new skills.
How to do it
To begin with we're going to explain how to put faces and
names together, but this can be expanded to include remembering dates and events
and all sorts of other information. As you practice putting faces and names
together you are activating certain brain cells which are much easier to access
as your expertise grows.
When you first hear a person's name spoken don't bother repeating
it to yourself - simply convert the name to the nearest sounding word or words
that you can think of. There are no hard and fast rules about this, because
it is better that you work with images that are conjured up by your own mind,
but here are a few examples.
Adam - a dam on a canal
Andrew - a hand drawing
Ashley - ashes lying on the ground
Barry - a wheelbarrow
Ben - Big Ben
Bill - an invoice
Brian - a human brain
Chris - a christmas tree
Colin - a collar underneath someone's chin
Craig - a craggy rock
David - a video of Doris Day
Dean - a churchman
Doug - a patch of earth with a spade sticking up.
Edward - A head going backwards and forwards
Fred - a red letter 'F'
Frank - a franking machine
Graham - a piece of grey ham
George - someone stuffing their mouth with food
Harry - a hare in a hurry
Howard - a grimacing face
Ian - an iron
Jack - a jack russell
James - a butler
John - Elton John
Keith - a bunch of keys
Kevin - a hill caving in
Lee - a person lying down
Mike - a microphone
Neil - someone kneeling down
Nigel - hair gel that is only worn at night (i.e. in bed)
Norman - a man from Norman times
Oliver - a sliver of liver in the shape of a letter 'O'
Patrick - someone doing a hat trick
Pete - a bag of compost
Philip - a full lip
Richard - a wad of bank notes which have gone hard
Robert - a robber in pain
Sean - a sheep with no wool
Simon - A man sighing
Stephen - Good King Wensles
Tim - Tiny Tim dancing in the tulip fields
Tom - a tom cat
Vincent - Vincent Van Gogh
William - Just William or William Tell
The same principle can be used with feminine names and surnames
- which incidentally should be much easier to relate to when you think of names
like Barber and Fields.
Next we need to remember the face of the person who's name
we've memorized. Well, when you first meet this person, use their first name
(if appropriate) as much as possible in conversation. This can come across as
quite flattering and also aid your memory skills by repetition.
As you are talking to this person, pick out some feature on
their face which seems more prominent than the rest and link and connect it
to the name.
For example, the name Vincent Price (no, not the famous one),
a young man with a pointed nose, could be pictured as Vincent Van Gogh selling
a picture of a pointed nose.
Another example, Tom Burton with curly hair, could be imagined
as a tom cat with curly whiskers and hair, wearing a Burton's suit.