Never Forget a Name Again! This Easy Hack is a Lifesaver

We’ve all been there—standing in front of someone whose name we’ve embarrassingly forgotten.

Here’s a quick hack to gracefully navigate these awkward moments:

The First-Name Scenario

With a big smile, look the other person in the eye and say, “I’m really sorry, but I can’t remember your name.” 

Response: “John.” 
You: “I know it’s John. It’s your last name I can’t quite recall…” 
Response: “Smith.” 
You: “Smith. Yes, of course. Sorry, John, just had a complete mental block for a moment.”

The Last-Name Scenario

Smile and say, “I’m really sorry, but I can’t remember your name.” 

Response: “Smith.” 
You: “I know it’s Smith. It’s your first name I can’t quite recall…” 
Response: “John.” 
You: “John. Of course. Sorry, John, just had a complete mental block for a moment.”

The Whole-Name Scenario

Apologetically say, “I’m really sorry, but I can’t remember your name.” 

Response: “John Smith.” 
You: “I know it’s John. It was just your last name I couldn’t quite recall. Sorry, just had a complete mental block for a moment.”

 

This simple technique works wonders according to Peter Mukherjee, author of “A Few Wise Words.” It’s far less embarrassing than admitting you don’t remember a person’s name at all.

Is it a little white lie? Maybe, but it’s a perfectly reasonable one, don’t you think?

Well, I’m going to try it out next time I’ve forgotten someone’s name. Are you?

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