Ron Swanson, Parks Department Director in Pawnee, IL on NBC’s Parks & Rec, shares his wisdom on building relationships:
When people get a little too chummy with me, I like to call them by the wrong name to let them know I don’t really care about them. – Ron Swanson
Pastors, we’ve got to be better at this. Write new names down. Save them to your phone. Ask for a bit of help.
But there’s no excuse to not remembering people’s names. “I’m just bad with names” doesn’t cut it. “I’m good with faces” doesn’t, either.
Name recognition shows you care nearly as much as any single act. Going out of your way to make this a priority builds bridges.
Don’t overlook the power of remembering someone’s name.
Are you good with names? Or is it a discipline you need to learn?