“I am a designer and introvert.” A simple trick to socialize and make people remember you. : )

Hello ! It’s Chou-Tac

A lot of designers happened to be introvert (included me),
and we may suffer from not being able to socialize with people
as easy as we would like to.

Let’s me share with you a simple trick I practice,
and start giving results. 🙂

Have you ever met nice people and forgot their name few minutes later ?
Me I did a lot, and still do.
I kind of having a goldfish memory for such things.
So I am working on it. 🙂


My friend Nico at Mundo Lingo Vietnam

My friend Nico at Mundo Lingo Vietnam

Let me show you why remembering people’s name may help you become special.

Since I am in Vietnam,
I may have already “met more than 100 people and names” in less 10 days.
Some more, the names got different origins.
That makes the game even more challenging.

On Tuesday, I went to an event called “Mundo Lingo Vietnam”.
It’s an event where locals and foreigners
gather around a drink and chit chat in different languages.
I invite you to check it out if you got one in your country !
It’s so exciting !

The first 10 minutes I reach there, I feel shy.
Get a Whisky Coke and walk around.
Then, people come to see you.
And magic happened.
Each people has a unique background ans story to tell and ready to ear yours.

I met a girl who spoked Chinese, Vietnamese and English all fluently.
And she was asking us a lot about French culture.

We were not taking about complicated topics trying to impress. Who cares ?
We chit chat and laugh about simple things,
and she said even though we just met,
she felt good and comfortable with our group of French friends.
It was in fact such a great compliment.

It’s pretty easy to meet a lot of people.
But it’s tough to remember everyone’s name.
We end calling everyone by : “Hey you!” : P

Ok, it may not be a big matter to forget.
We might not seeing “all these people” again anyway. Right ?
But I do I personally think that extra effort of memory is worth it
to enjoy that chit chat to the max !
It’s a real proof of interest for others.

But how to better remember names ?
It’s simple.
Find occasion to pronounce your interlocutor’s name.
It’s not enough to repeat it thousand time in your mind.
You have to “pronounce it”.
“John, thank you.”
“Ngoc, do you wanna get a drink ?”
“What do you do in life Lea ?”
“May I have one more Tequila Shot Martin ?”
“Hey John, what do you think about it ?”
… And so on.
When you shake hand to say bye,
Pronounce it again. 🙂 You will stand out in people’s heart.

When we were a kid.
Our parents taught us not taking to strangers.
Now as adults, I believe it’s our duty to make the first step toward others.
And connect.

I went to Mundo Lungo
to improve my skills in public speaking
I want to improve how to make the first step at approaching strangers.

It will be helpful for our professional path.
Let me give you a trick.
iDo not only remember the name of your interviewers or clients.
But also their colleagues, assistant and secretary.
Anyone you met in the company you interact with.
That the kind of details that will make you stand out.So they won’t forget you, and even like you.

You never know who got a decision power in the company.
And to whom they ask advice from.

Be happy, humble and treat all people as equal.
Then people will treat you back as special.

Have a nice day !!

PS: Feel free to ask people their name again. 😉 Quite often, they may ask you back your name too. Hehe. By asking again, you may show your memory weakness, but you do also show your interest to them. Don’t look for perfection, but affection.


p dir=”ltr”>PPS: To a certain extent, you can take note of people’s name as soon as you leave the place. For me, I started to write the name of people I met and took in picture on my Facebook.

On the picture, is my good friend Nico. He’s Vietnamese born in France. He’s now back here and opened an hostel named Dablend (meaning mix of culture and people ).

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About The Author


Hello ! My name is Chou-Tac. I am a product designer from France. If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my industrial design career, I believe that they can also help you reach your design goal as a student or professional. My aim to help you all along with your design projects and journey. Anytime, feel free to leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at [email protected] : )

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