(Closed) Work Prediciment: I'm really bad with names!

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
6743 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@KateByDesign:  Usually, in places large like that, there is a phone directory and in that directory there is usually an office room associated with each name.  Some people also have certificates posted on their walls (diplomas, etc) so perhaps when you walk around, you can try to sneak peeks of that, too.  I would ask HR for a floor list and try to study as many names as you can (especially of the ones who have been nice to you).  I know exactly how you feel – I am TERRIBLE with names and I am starting a new job on Monday and I’m so nervous to not remember everyone’s names and it’s only like 25 people!!

Post # 4
2023 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I am terrrible with names.  Being in an office with 250+ folks would be a nightmare for me. 

I usually do just what you said, introduce your husband and let them introduce themselves.

Post # 5
9690 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@KateByDesign:   I wish I had some advice but just wanted to commiserate with you.  I’m also terrible with names.  I’ve been working here for six years and there are hundreds of employees.  I only know the names of people in my department but very few of those in the other departments.  It takes me forever to connect faces and names, so I feel your pain.  🙂 

What I usually do for introductions when I can’t remember someone’s name is just say, “Hi!  This is my husband, ____.  So good to see you again!”  And smile really big.  Usually I luck out and they stick out their hand to introduce themselves to Darling Husband and give their name.  Hehe.

Post # 6
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Tell your husband about the name gap, so he is prepared for you not introducing him.  Get him to introduce himself (pretend you forgot) and the person will reply with their name.  It makes you seem like you’re a bit spacey about introductions, but it covers up not knowing their names!

Post # 7
8882 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m bad with names too, don’t feel bad. It’s a big company I’m sure others will have the same problem.

A little thing I do when I’m at a work function, I watch carefully and listen for other people introducing just to catch a few names. Then go up after and introduce my Darling Husband, while the name is fresh in my mind.

Post # 10
9198 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@KateByDesign:  I’m really bad with names too.  (And faces!  Ugh!)  Or do I chance it and do the awkward thing and JUST introduce my Husband and let them introduce themselves?  I do this ALL the time and I think (hope?) it’s not awkward.  It seems to work pretty smoothly, usually.

Post # 12
9917 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I find this so funny…I am bad at remembering adults’ names, especially their first names (we go by last names at work).  But kids?  I probably know four hundred kids’ names at our school, and another four or five hundred kids’ names at my previous school — even though I haven’t worked there in over a year!  


One of the reasons I know the kids’ names, though, is that I am in charge of compiling data after assessments, so I have spreadsheets full of kids’ names.  Maybe you could make a list and then put a little identifying detail next to each person’s name.  Janet — white, curly hair, tall…?

Post # 15
1460 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Are they planning on having name tags?  At my large work functions we always have name tags because we can have hundreds and hundreds of people in attendance.  Without tags everyone would end up spending half the night introducing spouses/dates.

Post # 16
9690 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@KateByDesign:  Good luck!  Let us know how it goes, maybe you’ll end up having fun after all.  😉

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