May 20, 2011

Quick Tip- Use Their Name

"Using a person's name is a key to opening doors for you and to maintaining an initial rapport that could turn this person into a new friend for life or a lifelong business partner."

"In particular, when we hear our name, we don't simply attend, we jump, alerted, aroused, vigilant. Even if three names are recited at a time, we hear our own (but only our own) quite clearly."

When someone uses our name we remember them more readily. The same goes for NPCs who use the name of your character. If you want the players to remember an NPC, have that NPC use the character's name when talking to them.


Title Loans said...

That makes absolute and perfect sense. Although, I must say that I am horrible with names until they are repeated at least 5 times. Is there any tricks to remembering them so you can use them?


Victor Von Dave said...

What a great tip! So simple, but you are absolutely right - I'm going to start doing this right away.

Mark said...

Well said. I concur that names help immensely. A rule I often fail to follow myself. Having some details about an NPC also helps me remember them when playing rather than a blank stick figure.