A great way to remember names is to tell the person what you have heard about them, acknowledge their talents or share with them a good story you heard about them.
An example of would be, “Suzy, I had always heard you were a terrific baker, I am so happy to finally meet you.”
Use a personal connection or memory technique to jog your memory. Such as rhyming the name with the person’s occupation. Dr. Riddle plays the Fiddle …
Or ask for a business card, and write any notes on the back of the business card.
Also use the person’s name – when you respond back to them to them in conversation. Repetition builds memory !