Believe it or not, I had yet another awkward encounter last week with someone who approached me with this odd question…odd because my blank return stare and complete lack of recognition seemed to provide the perfect context clues. Because this is a blog, a picture should go here:
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I know the people that I’m supposed to know, and I sometimes don’t remember the people that I’ve had distant encounters with – does that make a person a snob? Absolutely not…perhaps I could be blamed for forgetting a face, erasing part of my mental rolodex, or not taking my ginko BUT rest assured it’s not conceit. In the Daily Stride book of etiquette, the proper question is not “do you know who I am,” it’s “hello, my name is _____, I think we went to high school together – how have you been?”
DS Download: Use your context clues – a blank stare means that someone probably doesn’t recognize you, but there’s no harm in that. Spark up a conversation. It’s not about the past, it’s about creating an impression in the present.