Thursday, June 08, 2006

It’s a small, small world!

One responsibility of being a member of the Board of Action for the Women’s Entrepreneurial Network, is to select one new member per month and just call them to welcome them to WEN. So many times when people join an organization, it seems as if the check just goes into a black hole. WEN actively tries to be the friendliest group in town. One way is the important welcome calls.

I just picked a name at random the other morning at the meeting. Lisa Goodell is with Midwest Mortgage. We chatted for quite awhile, and then as we were ending the conversation, I said that I didn’t think we had ever met, but that I would be looking for her at the next WEN lunch meeting. Lisa said, “Well, actually we have met before, but you probably don’t remember.” (She was right!) Three years ago we both attended a meeting of the Women’s Council of Realtors at the Toledo Zoo, and both of us volunteered to sell 50/50 raffle tickets that day. Lisa’s name has changed since then, so I guess that lets me off the hook, but she has a better memory than I do.

Do you have trouble remembering people you have met in the past? What do you do to help cement them into your memory?

1 comment:

Jeff LaCourse said...

I sometimes have a little trouble wih names, but I rarely forget a face.

Last Sunday a Realtor that I know asked me to come help him with an open house. About 20 minutes into it, a couple walked in, and I recognized the husband right away. I told him that I could not remember his name, but that I knew we had met recently. It turns out that he is a builder that I had met at a closing several months ago. We had only talked for a minute, because he was out in the lobby on his phone for most of the closing. He was surprised that I had remembered that brief encounter. I was disappointed that I didn't remember his name.

I have to make a conscious effort to do better at remembering names. One suggestion I read somewhere is when someone introduces themselves,to repeat their name in your head 10 times. I also try to say their name during the conversation at least once. That seems to help...when I remember to do it!