“How do you remember all our names so quickly?”
A question I get asked a lot in workshops. I am not blessed with a great memory for names, I have to work hard not to forget.
So, over the years I have developed coping strategies. One of the most straightforward is my notebook.
I use small Moleskine type pocket books. These are small enough to fit into my trouser or jacket pocket. They have an elasticated closing band that I use to make sure the book opens at the page I need.
As the audience arrives, I make a note of each person’s name and where they sit. If I don’t get time to do that as they arrive, then making a note of who sits where as each person introduces themselves is a good backup.
These notebooks are good for capturing content during the day, especially in a fast moving situation where people are presenting and you don’t have a flip chart.
I also photograph each page with my phone.
Then using free apps such as Evernote I can find the things I have written again.
Evernote has an optical character recognition tool that reads my handwriting.
This is handy if you have to write a report of the workshop afterwards.