6 Ways to prevent an awkward conversation this Christmas

Make your family time this Christmas a little easier.

Pay a Compliment

Ever heard of active listening? This is the main reason why you probably forget someone’s name the moment they walk away from you. Actively listening means that you’re present when you’re speaking with people, and not thinking about what you’re going to say next. How do you move past this bad habit (don’t worry — we’re all guilty of doing it!)? Consider paying the person a compliment! “Pay that person a compliment when repeating their name, thus helping to anchor and embed it even deeper into your memory,” says professional mentalist Oz Pearlman, in this great article on body language. Complimenting or noticing something special about a person makes them feel special, but also helps your brain remember specific details.