I know all the tricks that are supposed to help you remember people’s names: Say it within 10 seconds of meeting someone, come up with a mnemonic, or what I most often resort to, never, ever use their name in conversation.
Well here’s one more trick: A new iPhone app made to help you do this very thing. And it’s a lifesaver for moms like me.
I soooo needed the Namecatcher
which is designed to store the names of all those folks in your life,
where you just draw a big blank. I’m thinking: My son’s roller hockey
coach, the mom I met at parents’ night, or the guy who’s been delivering
my mail for the past 12 years.
All you need to do is enter those names under general categories and a
tidbit or two of personal information to jar your memory–like other
kids’ names, a recent trip taken, political views. There are smart
little touches too, like a recording option for when you don’t have time
to input information right away and (this is super cool) a GPS function
so you can store a location associated with specific contacts.
It’s not the sexiest of interfaces, but it sure does the trick.
Now, instead of a quick Hi, when I pass someone I’ve met
in the supermarket, I can stop, smile, and ask Marla whether Brianna and
Jasper enjoyed the sweet potato recipe she told me about last week in
Starbucks. Hey, if I can’t be completely on-the-ball, at least now I can
fake it really well. -Betsy
Download the Namecatcher iPhone app at the iTunes store.