[ad#posts]There are many times when someone comes up to me, and I can’t remember who they are for the life in me. A trick that I do is try to figure out who the person is by asking generic questions, and then narrowing it down till you figure out who it is. Say you meet someone at a Seattle Mariners Baseball Game at Safeco Field (not that I am biased or anything) while in line for a Major League Hot Dog. These are the steps that I follow:
- Ask when the last time was that you saw each other. This will give you a great indication of the time period you have to think back to.
Me:“WOW, it’s great to see you again. It’s been a while, when was the last time we saw each other?”
Them:“It’s been a long time, I think High School.”
- Ask about friends you had in common. Many times when you find out their social circle, it will ring a bell. You will now know when the last time was you saw each other and common friends.
Me: “Do you still keep in touch with anyone from back then? How is everyone?
Them: “I still talk to Steve Burch, Brian Bill, and Mark Cornell. They are all doing great.”
- Ask them about a favorite moment you two had. Often times an event will jog your memory. Although you have been asking a lot of questions, the other person feels that you are showing interest in their lives.
Me: “We sure had some great times, what was your favorite moment?”
Them: “It has to be the time we went to the Seattle Mariner’s Ground Breaking Ceremony for Safeco Field with Brian.”
- Ask them for their phone number and ask them how to spell their last name. If you still don’t know who the person is, there is one last trick that I use. You might be in trouble if their last name is Smith, but just make a joke of you thought that they spelled it differently.
Me: Do you mind if we keep in touch? What’s your phone number? How do you spell your last name again?”
Them: Sure, it’s (987) 654-3210. My last name is spelled S – W – A – N.
Now based off all of those responses, plus the last name, I have figured out that it is my friend from High School, Nick Swan.
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