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Remembering names pretension


Gretchen Rubin, author of the New York Times and international bestseller, The Happiness Project

“I have a lot of trouble remembering people’s names, and I’ve developed some strategies to deal with that. Of course, I could just say politely, “I’m sorry, I don’t recall your name,” but I prefer to disguise my forgetfulness.

If you face the same challenge, try these tricks:

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.”

5. The “Sure, I remember you” dodge:
(Advanced) “Remind me – what’s your last name?” If you ask a person for his last name, he’s likely to repeat both names. “Doe, John Doe.”

6. The “One-sided introduction” dodge:
“Hey,” you say to the person whose name you can’t remember, “let me introduce you to Pat Smith.” You introduce the two and say the name of the person whose name you remember. Almost always, the nameless person will volunteer his or her name. I just used this strategy three days ago.

Also, remember that others might have trouble remembering your name. When you’re saying hello to someone, err on the side of re-introducing yourself. “Hi, John, it’s Gretchen Rubin.” Say your name slowly and clearly. And don’t get offended if someone doesn’ t remember your name!

Have you found any good strategies for doing a better job of remembering names — or pretending to remember them? ”

Source- Internet


Facebook magic


Today only a visitor came and I told him how I liked the quotes column in their newspaper, and very often copied the good quotes as my FB status.

He thanked me and shared his FB experiences.

His mom developed certain heart condition, and they got tests etc. done. Three arteries were 90 % blocked. They were advised to go for bypass surgery. His brother who is in a health-related industry, posted the condition and their dilemma on FB. He got 70 odd responses from doctors and other friends with available options and remedies. Some FB friends even asked for report-scans and consulted among themselves to work out the action. Finally this visitor (who is also an FB friend of mine) family finally decided to hold the bypass, and the deliberations are still on.

Second instance he shared was a US based NRI FB friend. She saw that he is from Bhopal and she needed the mobile phone number of a VIP from Bhopal. She sent an FB message at 4 am indian time, and this guy told he is up by 4 every day. So he checked the notifications, and bychance he had that number so he forwarded it. The lady was pleasantly surprized to receive the number and at 4 am. Beauty of FB.

Third instance he told was that one fine day he got a call from an unknown number. Guy introduced himself and on asking told that he was an FB connection (you would agree all of us have some FB friends whom we have not met in person). So this guy checked and found that they were actually connected on FB. The caller was also from media and he found this mutual interest of same work industry. Purpose of his call was that he had started his own venture and wanted some business and leads from him.This friend was given address and invited to the caller’s residence. The guy has not been able to go there as of now, but passed by the palatial bunglaw and was visibly impressed. He intends to pay a visit soon.

Such is the magic of FB and social networking.