As you go through your day, keep 'people notes.'
Take note of people’s names, little tidbits of information about them.
I worked for many glorious years with a special man named Tack Mayfield. He has a heart that takes in everyone in the world, and an incredible mind that remembers names and information about people. Tack can see someone after years, and remember their name, their sister’s name, how old they were when he first met them - or how old he was - and on and on.
I cannot. My mind doesn’t hold a candle to Tack’s.
However, I found that my cell phone - and yours - has a wonderful tool that is probably with you most all the time. It’s the Notes app.
That little app allows me to keep notes in folders. For example, I travel on Etihad Airlines a lot, from the US to Abu Dhabi. So I have a folder, Etihad People. In that folder I add a heading of a date I traveled, from what airport to what airport, and list the names of the flight attendants/crew that I met on the flight.
Amazing how many times I meet a crew member again, and can go back and find them and a little tidbit about them - “from Romania, loves to cook…” And, after the flight, I can write a little thank you email about those folks to Etihad.
I have a folder labeled, “Doctors and colleagues” to remember who I met at what meeting… and one labeled, “East Texas people” to remember servers, sales clerks, and others met in the course of going about my errands and days. (Tack would most likely remember - I may not!)
And I have a folder labeled, "Ideas", where I note something I hear that is valuable, something important, and ideas.
It all helps my love shine through.
And, if you’re not as good as Tack, keep people notes on your phone!
Dr Chris Baker
Dr. Chris Baker is Past President of the American Orthodontic Society, a pediatric dentist and teacher of orthodontics, An author, dental practice consultant, mentor, and a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools, Dr Chris is based in glorious Texas, USA. but lectures around the world.
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