July 24, 2014 9:33 PM Subscribe
I'm somewhat notable in my professional field and I meet a ton of new people weekly, as attending social events is part of my job (cocktail parties, art openings, etc.) It often takes 3-4 times before I can remember someone's name, or to even recognize their face. However, they recognize me instantly, and approach me with great familiarity, a hug, like we're buddies. I panic. It gets awkward. "Excuse me, ma'am, how did we meet?" seems such an rude question, especially when they act so intimate with me. (This happens weekly!) What can I say to people in this situation that doesn't offend them, but will divulge our (thinly) established relationship?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (20 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Maybe it's psychological (face blindness?) or maybe people don't make a lasting impression (hey, we chatted months ago for 5 minutes), but I want to remain friendly and sensitive to social awkwardness. thanks!