Remember more with MOM

When you’re meeting people for the first time it can be easy to forget their names. The pressure, nerves and belief that you can’t remember people’s names can seriously affect your performance in an interview, at a networking event or even during your first few days at a new workplace.

Jim Kwik offers an approach outlined in his Be Sauve mnemonic. This is helpful for sure, but a simpler one from him that I quite like is his MOM one.

I use it all of the time.

It stands for:

  1. Motivation
  2. Observation
  3. Mechanics

If I were to ask you to remember the names of 20 people at a networking event you would likely say you can’t remember that many names, or your memory is bad, or that’s too many.
If I were to ask you the same thing but then offer you £100,000 if you did remember everyone then you would likely say you’d do it.

You have to be motivated to remember.

How many times do you lose something in the house? Like your keys, or paperwork, or the remote control, – sure – kids have a habit of moving things, but mostly it will be because you didn’t observe where you put stuff.

When you come in from work and chuck your keys down, it is likely that you don’t observe where you put them, which is why it’s hard to find them again. It’s not because you forgot, it’s because you didn’t observe.

The final M stands for mechanics – this is the process of storing information. Some people are very visual and hence will use visual mind tools to remember. Some prefer to write things down several times. Others will repeat names and words until they are sunk in. Mechanics of memory are very personal and we are all different. Experiment and see what works for you.

There you have it.

  • Be Motivated to remember.
  • Observe
  • Use Mechanics that make sense for you.

Until next time.