Nice simple cast.
I was hoping though for some more examples of how to handle given situations. Felt it focused only on the ideal example, and could have gone into some disaster scenarios and extraction techniques.
For example, it was mentioned that it's OK to ask someone's surname, but what does that sound like in practice? eg. I'm sure this isn't the way -
[i]Ally have you met Noah... err... dude what IS your surname again?![/i]
Also, the cast only touched briefly on what I figure is the single biggest problem - people not making introductions because they don't know the person's name they're talking to.
I frequently end up stuck in a conversational hole when I'm happily chatting to someone and then realise that I either never knew their name, or I've forgotten it, or a group I was in dissipated and left me with the one person I didn't know, etc. Inevitably, this is the exact moment that someone else walks up that I do know. I'd like to introduce them, but have no idea what one person's name is!! What is the most polite way to fix this situation?
Oh, and a neat technique that works for me. My partner and I are equally hopeless at recalling names, so whenever one of us is the third to join a conversation, we try to automatically introduce ourselves before the moment can get awkward. Works brilliantly. And I think it plays to Mark and Mike's comments - you do run a risk of mild embarrasment if you introduce yourself to someone you've actually already met and/or should know the name of, but that's far preferable to leaving your partner in the awkward position of not being able to introduce you because they've forgotten the person's name they're talking to.
Keep the etiquette casts coming by the way, they're some of my favourites!