It is difficult to remember names for everyone especially people that you haven’t seen in awhile or just met once. It might be hard to do, but people enjoy the fact that you remembered their name. Using someone’s name in conversation makes them feel special and more at ease in the conversation. This has long been a tactic of sales people in cars and furniture because it creates a sense of familiarity.
Remembering a name is not a sign of a good memory; it is a sign of a good listener. People like to know that you have listen to what they are saying and that you are engaged in the conversation, but even the best listeners and people with photographic memories sometimes forget names.
Check out this tip sheet on how to always remember people’s names!