Oh shoot, that person just told me their name 15 seconds ago. Aaaand…it’s gone. Blast! If it weren’t for that shiny object in the corner. . . ooo cheese dip! (Focus.) Are ya tired of new names slipping through the cracks and wormholes of your mind? Never fear, help is here. Jump down the wormhole. Work with that scattered brain. Make the most of its cray-cray moves. Try tricking yourself into saying a name twice in your head, with something amusing and relevant (in your imagination) in the middle. Getting distracted has never been so productive! Give it a shot:
1. Find weird connections using the music being played in the moment. “His name is Jake. Omg, I love Nicki Minaj. What other famous people have a name ending in -icki? Whatever happened to Ricki Lake? I just met Jake.” Booyah.
2. Tell yourself a super short story about your new friend’s name and two things that rhyme with it. “Molly bought holly for her trip to Bali. Molly.” Or “Vidya got riddaya cause she wouldn’t sit on ya. Vidya.” Who said it had to make sense?!
3. Choreograph your own version of the YMCA dance in your head, using the letters in their name. For the spelling challenged, no worries, they’ll never know! Bonus points for inventing a sweet rave light show. Possible symptoms: a faraway look and a bobbing head. Ladies, this can be hugely beneficial when trying to appear ‘aloof’ or ‘disinterested.’
4. Imagine you are King Kong and have just met your tiny blonde lady counterpart. Now say to yourself, “RAWWWRR, MELANIE!! I AM KONG and I’ve got you NOW, MELANIE!!! RAAAWR!!” Inside-your-head voices, kids.
5. Try this rhyme: “Spectacles, testicles, wallet, and Roger!” Roger? That doesn’t rhyme. (Spectacles, testacles, wallet, and Roger.) Nope, but sing-songy prose and amusing yourself go a long way on Memory Lane. (Spectacles, testicles, wallet and Roger.) Now replace Roger with the right name. Good luck getting it out of your head. 😉
And just like that, you’re ready to be uber-impressive at your next social gathering. Just remember these activities should only be happening in your alternate reality. No reason to share the goods with the crowd, ifyaknowwhatImean. But hey, if that monster voice slips out, or those groovy arms just won’t stay put, at least awkward stories are memorable, right?
I know you’ve got more tricks up your sleeves. Help the less fortunate! Share below. 🙂
Now if only I could find my keys…