(Women’s Health) It happens: You see someone you have met a few times and realize you have no idea what his or her name is. Here are a few expert-approved ways to up your recall:
Repeat — When you first meet someone, immediately say their name out loud. “Nice to meet you, Paul.”
Reinforce — Form a connection between the name and the person, such as “tall Paul.” Do not say this out loud.
Record — Rely on an external memory source. Tell your “good with names” best friend or make a note in your smartphone.
And if that fails, even if you can not remember someone’s name, you can usually recall something about them, which will let them know you did not forget them altogether. Say something like, “I’m so bad with names, but I know we met at Brian’s party,” Or reintroduce yourself and hope they return the favor. Hate to break it to you, but chances are they can’t remember your name either.