Memorable in a positive way that is… 🙂
We all want to stand out and be memorable, whether on a first date or a networking event.
Psych yourself up, pick a song or channel your favorite person that you admire for their ease with confidence. This will help you get in the right frame of mind right from the start!
Whenever you are in a situation where there are many introductions, to be remembered you will need to stand out. You want to make a good impression.
And listen, really listen! Show genuine interest in others. People love to talk about themselves, indulge them, make them the most important and interesting person at that moment.
While you are listening, make eye contact and tell them what you find interesting about them or what they are saying. Try to remember their name, this will definitely set you apart. Use their name when ending the conversation.
Try to think if there are ways that you may be able to help that person in some way. Make a mental note of any details and reconnect at a later date if possible.
Helping people is a main point in the best selling book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. There is a wealth of information in the book and it is highly recommended. This is great if you want to further strengthen the relationship.
Be Pleasant and Smile!
What do you have in common?
Look for things that you have in common and expand on those topics, even if you are networking and the conversation has nothing to do with work. Be specific when giving details instead of talking in generalities.
For others to remember you, you need to be interesting. What have you done that is interesting? Did you go hiking in Asia or recently started a college course? These details set you apart.
This is how you can make your introductions more personal and remembered. Be positive in your interactions, this will make a difference in the tone. Try to be interesting in your answers when asked questions. Don’t use “yes and no” answers, elaborate.
Be pleasant and smile and if you happen to be humorous, USE IT! You will be remembered just by being interested in the other person and showing some of your personality.
If you are genuinely trying to enjoy yourself it will show in your manner and body language. Show some personality in how you look. Adding fun socks or a great pin will be an automatic conversation starter.
Think of who is memorable for you and why? I think I would remember a fun conversation with someone in a great hat for example.
Remember these simple steps and you will definitely be more memorable in any situation.