February 24, 2009
I definitely have to admit I have fallen into this trap many times! It does happen, you go to a Chamber Mixer or a Rotary meeting every week and feel like you know everyone and everyone knows you… While this may or may not be true you still must where a name badge!
The bottom line is while everyone may know or recognize you, it is very possible they do not remember your name. For this reason alone people may avoid you rather than face the embarrassment of not knowing your name. Of course most groups have a flow of visitors consistently attending to check out the group. As a member of any group you want these visitors to feel welcomed! Name badges make it easy for visitors to interact with members. Name badges help create a great experience for the visitor. A visitor who has a great experience visiting a new group is more likely to join when you follow up with them!
My last thoughts on name badges are where to put them. I mean does it really matter where you place your name badge or is it good enough just to have one? While thinking about this I am remembering all the people I have met with name badges placed on a shirt which is great except they were wearing a jacket which completely covered the badge. I have no great study which proves one area is better than another. I do know when I go to shake a hand of a friend or someone I have just met I reach out with my right hand. Because of this I always wear my name badge on the right side of my shirt so when I reach out to the other person they can clearly see my name badge. This allows the person to easily use my name in conversation and actually makes them more comfortable around me.
If you really want to meet more people consider wearing your name badge everywhere you go! Realtors and Mortgage brokers seem to do this a lot. What about you? Can you be the guy who wears a name tag everywhere?
I know this is pretty simple information and to some of you maybe too obvious. The bottom line is wearing a name badge to every event is great business networking habit which we all must have to insure our business networking success!