What's Your Name Again?
It’s been about seven months since I’ve given a manicured middle finger to my corporate job and living a fulfilling life. In entering the seventh month of liberation, I’ve decided to take my passion for writing seriously. Though my discipline and consistency are works in progress, I couldn’t be happier. I took the summer “off” to figure out what creative direction I wanted to take, but having more free time has left me restless. I gasp at the thought that I actually missed the routine a 9-5 provided (but not the 9-5 job itself, obvi). As Fall approached, I decided to return as a sub in the city’s charter schools. Within a few days, I was reminded how much I enjoyed working with kids and began applying to permanent positions. After applying and interviewing with different schools, I found one that not only peaked my interest but one that I can finally put my communication science and disorders degree to use. Enter the new gig, a para at a special needs school. I couldn’t have asked for a better set-up: It’s 20 mins from the crib, I’m off campus no later than 3pm, and it’s meaningful work. Though the pay is shit, you can’t beat the hours or commute. I’m just glad I’m somewhere that doesn’t drain me of all my energy so I can focus on writing when I’m off. Even with the perks, starting a new job has its challenges. My biggest challenge is remembering everyone’s fucking name; which leads me to the point of my writing this shit. Here are some ways that help remember your new colleague’s names at the new gig:
1) Create a mental image: I’m a visual creature by nature so I retain information and learning is optimal when I can see whatever it is you’re explaining to me. Well shit, when you’re meeting someone for the first time the only visual cue you have is the person’s face. I’m really trying to think of a way to articulate but I visualize the name in my head. I even use my finger to discreetly write the name on my side or leg.
2) Audio feedback: When someone introduces themselves to you, repeat their name aloud and listen to yourself.
3) Associate their name with someone/something: I may be hella extra for this one but hear me out. Okay so, I tend to associate people’s names with characters from movies or tv. Example: if I meet a Sara, I’ll probs think of Julia Stiles character from Save the Last Dance. If I meet a Carl, I’ll think of The Walking Dead and undoubtedly hear Andrew Lincoln’s Rick voice saying the name.
4) Hell, just ask: If all else fails, just ask the fucker what their name is. Rather you ask a thousand times than be the asshole calling out the wrong name.