In his landmark book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” Dale Carnegie wrote, “A person’s name is to him or her the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” But nevertheless, everyone knows the feeling of bumping into an acquaintance, forgetting their name, and that awkward cover-up: “hey… you…”.
A new app called Name Skillz promises to bridge the gap between introduction and recollection by teaching users a powerful brain hack to never forget the name of any person again. Priced at $4.99, Name Skillz is now available on the App Store and Google Play.
It works in three easy steps. First, a few short lessons teach the basic techniques of name mastery proven to increase memory retention more than 65%. The user can then practice the picture and word association techniques using over 200 flashcards of the most common names in the U.S. In the third and final step, groups of 5 to 50 virtual people are shown in preparation for the real world. By utilizing an efficient and fun gamefied interface, the app makes it enjoyable to master the ability to remember the names of everyone you meet.
“For years, I just accepted that I couldn’t remember names,” said Name Skillz developer Mary Thompson. “But through studying the methods of renowned memory experts, I realized the techniques were perfect to design into an app. The enthusiasm I have received for Name Skillz when I share this app has been truly heartwarming.”
Who can use this app? Sales professionals are likely to close more deals by remembering their clients’ names. Teachers will be able to remember all their students’ names after the first day of school. Consultants, real estate agents, and other business professionals will gain respect from both clients and peers. Everyone can benefit from the appreciation that comes from remembering and using others’ names.