Being a memorable person in any social setting isn’t always what you say about yourself, but how you talk about those around you. So how do you stand out from this crowd without being creepy or gimmicky? Here’s what memorable people do to stay top of mind.
Allow yourself to be inspired by the person across from you
“What do you do?” is an easy conversation starter but not a memorable one. Ask people three things they love to do instead of what they do for work. Learn what inspires them. Even if you have only known them for a few minutes, you can find something to rave about. On the other hand, balance is key. Agreeing with everything and everyone becomes white noise
Tell a good story
Memorable people are often good at telling stories. Everyone has a storyteller inside them, and everyone has a story to tell. James Joyce once said he never met an uninteresting person. The difference between people who seem interesting and people who don’t is their ability to turn their experiences into compelling stories.Two people can tell the exact same story with wildly different results. One captivates, while the other has the audience checking its watch. What makes the difference is the emotion the storyteller puts into their narrative. As the old saying goes, you have to be interested to be interesting. If you don’t care about your story, why will anyone else?
People who are genuine in helping others succeed are memorable. People remember those who are kind, selfless and willing to help and support others. Who doesn’t love a generous person? Many of us have been blessed by a person who has help us in a time of need, given us advice when we were confused of was just kind when kindness was needed. Where being generous is great for those who are around such people, the habit of generosity does a great deal for the person who practices it as well.The world is filled with me, me, me people. Stand out by being genuinely interested in – and willing to support – others. Be curious. Be a good listener. Acknowledge others.
People around you—who are often busy with their own lives and paying only half-hearted attention to yours—often won’t intuitively understand what you’re aiming at or why you believe it’s important to make that change. It’s often the extremes that get noticed by most people. If you are going to compete on being better, you need to be way better or way faster or way more professional. That’s not hard, that is way hard. To be way better takes tremendous effort and expenditures that you may not be ready to take on.
Positive and genuinely optimistic people stay in your hearts and minds. It’s not rocket science, it’s just Human Nature 101. Find your way of being positive and make it a habit. You’ll be more attractive to those around you. Negative people re memorable too , and everyone remembers to steer clear of them!. That’s also a good reminder that we all need to engage in more acts of kindness toward others and ourselves, to balance out the world.
The next time you meet someone truly memorable, be observant and try to figure out what makes them stand out and why. When you meet someone more nondescript, try NOT to do whatever they do that makes them so forgettable.