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Post-Conference Tip: Three Simple Steps to Remember People You’ve Met

If you’ve ever been to a conference or work-oriented convention, you’re undoubtedly familiar with this: meeting lots of new people, and a couple weeks later you no longer remember their names, or what they did. Business cards are helpful to alleviate these problems, but most people don’t have the foresight to put their own face in there somewhere—and yet people’s faces are the core association we use to remember them.

Here’s a quick, simple, three step process for getting much better at remembering all those people whose business cards you’ve received, and perhaps even those you only remember talking to but never exchanged cards with.

  1. Take your stack of cards and go through them one by one, pausing for a good 5-10 seconds on each to vividly remember the person’s face and where at the conference you spoke with them. Do this on the very first day after the conference is over.
  2. Repeat step 1 either two or three days after the conference.
  3. Repeat step 1 about five days later.

By repeating the process a couple of times, you etch these people into your brain and your mind-map will be much stronger—strong enough that you’ll be more likely to remember their names even a whole year of not communicating later.