What’s in a name?

Dale Carnegie, in his best seller, How to Win Friends and Influence People, taught me that one’s own name is such a special thing. He used it as a tool in his course. In fact he said “Remember that a man’s name is to him the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”

I have always used this tool, but not as a tool. I just genuinely like people and want to know them and have found that when you call someone by name they will respond more favorably. Just last night at the River Rock Casino I was approached by one of the techs who apologized because he could not remember my name. I told him it wasn’t an issue as he meets people far more important than me. In the last few months he has met Bill Cosby, Howie Mandel, Chris Rock and even Steven Segal … why would he remember me? His response was simple and honest. He said I should remember yours because you remember mine!

To that end, todays observation is that I think we should all take a moment to actually learn the name of that new person we meet. They could end up being a great friend, business partner or special someone. Best to learn and remember their name!

With that in mind I Google’d my last name and used the image search and found all these fine examples of Farquhar …



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