Monday, April 7, 2008

Coming Up Blank

It happens to everybody. If you’re the one making introductions and you forget the name of the person you’re introducing, you can say something like “I remember our chat at the Cézanne reception, but I’ve forgotten your name for the moment” or “Please tell me your name again. I’m having a temporary memory lapse.” Get the name and go right ahead with the introduction. Don’t make a big deal out of it by apologizing more than once. Everybody has experienced mental vapor lock from time to time and will understand your predicament. When you’re introduced to someone, say the person’s name and repeat it during the conversation to imprint it in your memory.
If you’re the one being introduced and the introducer seems to have forgotten your name, jump right in, extend your hand, smile, and offer your name

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