At a recent networking event I spoke to someone who said they never wear their name badge, because they thought it made people lazy about remembering names. I always wear a name badge and so I started to think about why I do. There are three main reasons.
The first, and I think the most important, is that I think we all have moments when we can’t remember a person’s name or where they work. A quick glance at a name badge and we relax into the conversation rather than some part of our brain wondering what the missing details are. This means we can concentrate completely on what is being said, and surely that aids communication and building relationships?
The second reason is that people know what to call us. So, we may be a Matthew on our business card because it is company policy, but everyone knows us as Matt. Having a name badge with ‘Matt’ showing gives people permission to call us by the name we are most comfortable with. In a previous career many people called me Glen and, at that time, only my mum called me Glenys. My name badge showed Glen and for me it would have been strange to be called Glenys at work, which is the name I had to use on my business card.
The final reason (and this might just be me) is that my name badge is part of my networking ‘uniform’: professional outfit, business cards and name badge. Ready to go.
So, what do you think? Are you a name badge wearer or not and, whichever camp you stand in, why is that?
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