You're at a party, or you run into someone on the street, and you can't remember their name for the life of you. And what's even worse, is when they're waiting to be introduced to your wife or whoever you're with. What do you do? I turned to etiquette expert Letitia Baldrige for the answer. She's the author of "New Manner's For New Times." Her advice:

  • Honesty is the best policy. Especially if you throw in a little humor. Like, "I'm sorry I've forgotten your name. But at times, I'm lucky if I can remember my own!"
  • If that's not going to work for you, try this-- Skirt around greeting them or referring to them by name. If you can remember where you know them from, say something like this   "It's so good to see you. I feel like I never run into you at the gym anymore."
  • Or lastly, if all else fails   turn and introduce your wife, or whoever you're with, to the person whose name you can't remember--For example, "Have you met my wife, Connie?" And then Connie will do the dirty work for you by saying, "Hi, it's nice to meet you, I didn't catch your name."