346) I’m Sorry, But I Forgot Your Name

I’m Sorry, But I Forgot Your Name

Here’s the scenario. You’re at an event and you encounter someone you recently met at another event. It’s great to see them again, but … wouldn’t you know it … you forgot their name.

While this is not ideal, it happens. And to most everyone. So, there is no transgression in not remembering. The potential sin, however, is carrying on as if you did.

Sure, you can fake it. And it might seem homey to fallback to something like “Buddy or Friend.” In reality, this networking ruse is nothing short of disingenuous.

While you serve to establish rapport when you remember the name of someone you recently met, don’t despair it you happen to forget. When you do, simply own it and say something like, “It’s great to see you again, but I’m embarrassed to say that I can’t remember your name.” Truth be told, this honesty will heighten that person’s appreciation for you.


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320) Hello, My Name Is

Hello My Name Is

One way to ensure that you always make a good impression on the new people you meet is to remember their name when you encounter them again.

Think about it. How do you feel when you encounter someone you’ve recently met, and they address you by name? No doubt, you feel as if you matter to them. Chances are, this pushes along your sense of knowing, liking and trusting them.

Knowing this, offer the same level of consideration and respect to those you’ve recently met. Endeavor to remember their name. Endeavor to pronounce it correctly, if it’s unusual. And endeavor to know if they prefer “Michael or Mike” … “Kimberly or Kim” … or if it doesn’t matter at all.

Remembering someone’s name seems like a small inconsequential thing. In reality, however, it’s a small effort that serves to have a big lasting impact. So, however you choose to remember the names of others, make it a priority. That effort will serve you well.


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