Right now I'm having amnesia and deja-vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before. I think I have the worlds worst memory, especially with names. I'm one of those guys that always has to walk around with a planner, otherwise I'd forget what I was doing..
wait, what was I saying again?
Oh, names.. I've finally given up on that, and the thing is, I've found that it doesn't make that much of a difference. Last contract I had, it took me almost two weeks to finally remember the guys name, but that didn't change our relationship.
Basically, I just focus on the things that are important to the person, the subtle clues that people leave behind. I think that people respond a lot better if you take the time to get to know them, even if you've just met them. I can say their names 1000 times, but if I don't know anything about them, what good is that?
Then again.. that's just me. I already forgot what I was going to say..