I Forgot Your Name

Kevin Willett says remembering someone’s name is a sign of respect and a courtesy.

People often ask me what you should do if you forget someone’s name. I always smile and say I have two strategies. First, if I am standing near someone else, I will introduce them to that person and hope they say their own name so I don’t have to admit that I forgot it. Of course this only works if they say hello my name is Kevin. You can always just be honest and say “I am sorry; I know we have met but I don’t recall your name.” Most people will smile and forgive you.

I do want to take a second to speak about the importance of remembering people’s names. I have friends who say “I am so bad at remembering names”. I have to be honest, I cringe when I hear people say this because it’s like they are accepting this situation, and you really don’t want to do that. If I have met someone 5 or 6 times and they don’t remember my name it makes me feel like they don’t value my relationship with them. Is that really the message you want to send? So please work harder to remember people’s names. It goes a long way to building relationships.

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Kevin Willett is the Author of One Connection How you can grow your business  (and change the world) one connection at a time. The business networking book is available on Amazon. Purchase One Connection on Amazon

Kevin is also the CEO of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group  and the New England B2B Networking Group. Please connect with him on social media to hear about his upcoming business networking events.

No Show, No Call, No Text

Kevin Willett discusses the importance of courtesy when you can’t make a meeting.

Last week one of my friends posted a question on social media asking how long you should wait for someone to show up for a coffee meeting. The consensus of the group was about 15 minutes. Now that makes sense to me, but I think it is more important to make sure that you are confirming your appointments and exchanging telephone numbers.  I like to email my appointments the day of our meeting, just asking if we are still good as scheduled. I include my number in the email; in case something changes, so they can reach out to me. Texting is also a good way to confirm.

I do understand that things can happen as you are walking out the door and last minute situations may prevent you from keeping the appointment. It is never acceptable to just not show up for a meeting. This is extremely disrespectful.  By exchanging phone numbers you can eliminate this issue from happening. You have my number. So you can call or text, no excuses. If you have a situation where you can’t make the meeting, let the other person know as soon as possible. A text message takes less than a minute to type out. You can then follow up later for a reschedule. If you don’t show up and then try to call and reschedule with me at some later point, I am probably no longer interested. Would you be?

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Kevin Willett is the Author of One Connection How you can grow your business  (and change the world) one connection at a time. The business networking book is available on Amazon. Purchase One Connection on Amazon

Kevin is also the CEO of the Friends of Kevin Networking Group  and the New England B2B Networking Group. Please connect with him on social media to hear about his upcoming business networking events.