depends what kind of name it is. Like pp said... Joe Smith and you're going to need more info. With average names I start at google with "First Last" in quotes definitely. If that doesn't give much or is vague I'll try adding a state. Horsepeople, if I'm trying to find background or industry stuff I'll usually type: "First Last" horse.
Wow thanks guys I didn't know about the quotes!!! I've tried googling my husband to check out he's awards etc that he received etc while in the military because he always gave me vague details! as well as my self! I am going to have to try these new steps!
For awards, honors and published papers also do "last name, first initial(s)" My published academic papers only show up that way as does my honors society memberships. You can also use the advanced thingy to limit dates or locations etc . .