Joe Turner, an Atlanta based magician / public speaker, gave some great advice for remember names of people you meet.
This is great advice that everyone can improve on.
I have used a similar system by magician Harry Lorayne where you focus on the shape of a person’s face and associate their name with a special characteristic.
Here is a link to Harry Lorayne’s audio tape I used: How to Remember Name and Face by Harry Lorayne.
Here is Joe’s original Post:
In particular Joe M Turner has a great handling of the “ring on rope” effect. This is a classic of magic, but without the proper handling it is not very entertaining. Ring and rope effects can be on all different stage levels – closeup using finger rings and shoe string, larger rings but still close-up (like this trick from Fantasma Magic) or even as a stage effect like Joe performed above.