Acknowledging the person you’re meeting for the first time is a good way to remember more people. You can do this by repeating their name when they tell you what it is. The repetition of the name will also help you to remember it five seconds later when you need to introduce the new person to someone else because you know that will happen.
There could be a number of reasons why we forget someone. If our job entails meeting a lot of new people every day then things can get tricky. Even so, remembering people is always good for business so it’s good to register as many faces as you can.
We could also be the neurotic types and fail to register a new face. This usually happens when we spend more time worrying about what the new person thinks about us rather than memorizing the face. I’m so guilty of doing this.
We could also be anti-social and still struggle to remember the few faces we come across. Usually, this is a result of our exposure to so many new faces on social media — primarily with Instagram. Then comes the question of this modern decade: Have I met him before or have I only stalked him on social media?
The point is, this happens to all of us. Now, ignoring this doubt and pretending you’ve never met is one way to go about it. But then, the other person might look at you and think what an ass you are for forgetting who he/she is.
So, yes, ignoring it is one option. Another option is to stare at the person and see if he/she will make a sign of acknowledgment that he/she knows you. Of course, you’re risking coming across as a stalker here. Your inner monologue might also go into panic mode, telling you to “Stop staring, damn it, stop staring!” while your eyes are stuck staring at the person.
Most importantly, if they do know you, make sure you register the face there and then. Using this line once on the person is fine but saying it to the same person on multiple occasions is offensive. Also, how bad is your memory if you meet a person more than twice and you still forget the face?