Let's say that someone walks up to you and they call you by name, engage in a friendly conversation, and are so happy to see you, but all along you realize that you don't really remember them.
What do you do?
It is a tough question. This one is up there with, "Is global warming real?" Anyway, this happened to me recently. I was at 5 Guys (an amazing burger place) with my wife, when this guy that apparently really knows me came up to me. He was very warm and friendly, but I had no clue where he knew me from. He remembered my name and everything.
He seemed so happy to see me that I didn't want to crush his joy by asking, "where do we know each other from?"
His face looked familiar, but I had no clue where we met, or who he was. So what did I do? Well, I motioned my wife to come over so that I could introduce the two, and then hopefully he would say his name and my brain would light up like fireworks on July 4th.
Hands were shook, but no names.
After a very brief conversation, he left. Then my wife asked me, "Who was that honey?"
"I have no idea."
We laughed it off, but we came up with a signal to tell each other when we don't know a person's name. That way, one of us can always ask, "what is your name again?" It's a pretty subtle but effective gesture.
And no, I'm not telling you the signal. What if I don't remember your name?
4 years ago