They probably don’t remember your name

Mickey Mellen
1 min readMay 26

Kevin Kelly’s book “ Excellent Advice for Living “ gives a lot of small pieces of advice, and I really liked this one:

Assume no one remembers names. As a courtesy reintroduce yourself by name even to those you have previously met: “Hi, I’m Kevin.”

I like to take it from both sides.

First, as you may know, I work very hard to try to remember people’s names. I fail often, but I do my best to remember the names of most everyone I meet.

On the other hand, I don’t want to put people on the spot. If I wait a few seconds for them to fail to remember my name, their embarrassment has already begun to set in. Simply stating my name when I greet them makes it irrelevant if they know my name or not.

In most areas of life, you’re well-served to work hard on both sides — do what you can to make life better for others, but show grace when others aren’t always able to do the same for you.

Originally published at on May 26, 2023.

Mickey Mellen

I’m a cofounder of @GreenMellen, and I’m into WordPress, blogging and seo. Love my two girls, gadgets, Google Earth, and I try to run when I can.