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Four Ways to Fake It: Strategies to Pretend Remembering Someone’s Name

When we read this post by Gretchen Rubin, we nodded in agreement. How many
times have you been introduced to someone and by the end of the conversation, you have forgotten their name? Join the club.

As per the piece on AOL Jobs, there are a few strategies to keep in mind when you can’t seem to remember their name. As she pointed out, you can always politely state, “I’m sorry, I don’t recall your name.”

Or you can try to be a little more secretive as per Rubin’s strategies:

1. The “I know your name, but I’m blocked” dodge:
“I keep wanting to call you “David,” but I know that’s not right.”

2. The “Of course I know you–in fact, I want all your information” dodge:
“Hey, I’d love to get your card.”

3. The “The tip of my tongue” dodge:
“I know I know your name, but I’m blanking right now.”

4. The “You’re brilliant!” dodge:
“Wow, you have a terrific memory. I can’t believe you remember my name from that meeting six months ago. I can’t remember the names of people I met yesterday! So of course I have to ask you your name.”

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