Regardless of your age, career, relationship status, or other life circumstances, chances are, when you meet people, either socially or professionally, you want to be remembered. How embarrassing is it when you say hello to someone you've met before and then realize that they have no idea who you are and have no recollection of ever meeting you? Super embarrassing. And, frankly, knowing that you might actually be the cause of not being remembered doesn't make it much better, but it could potentially help you to right those wrongs. There are some things experts say make people not memorable socially and professionally that everyone should probably know more about so that no one has to experience that unique embarrassment of not being remembered ever again.
Part of whether or not you're memorable could potentially come down to how similar or different you are to the person you're meeting, which really isn't your fault. "If we see someone as a lot like us, that would stick out, and if we see someone as very different than us, that might stick out as well," Erin Parisi, LMHC, CAP, a licensed mental health counselor, tells Romper in an email exchange. But it's still a little bit awkward when someone doesn't remember you.
Beyond that embarrassment, it can also actually really hurt you in both your personal and professional lives. "In today’s fast-paced environment, being memorable and amplifying our personal brand in a positive, energetic, and purposeful way both in professional and personal relationships is very important for the opportunities we get and the impact we get to make in the world," Shefali Raina, a New York-based executive coach, tells Romper in an email exchange. Knowing what not to do when you meet someone won't make past mistakes disappear, but it could help shed some light on why something maybe didn't go the way you thought it would, and hopefully help you more successfully navigate those interactions in the future.