The Elements

By Connie Deianni   |   February 13, 2018

Tips on Using Name Badges to Boost Relationships

Categories: Protocol

The simple act of saying another person’s name may seem trite. However, it’s often unexpected and almost always delightfully received.  You will endear yourself to others, turn a few heads and get positively noticed just by saying their name!

This seemingly inconsequential gesture is extremely potent as it holds the power to alter relationships – and name badges, correctly placed, will ensure seamless introductions, conversations and connections while instantly setting you apart in all the best ways.

Events where guests do not wear name badges force individuals to know, use and remember names. In such cases, business card use is rampant as this greatly assists in the almost always arduous name-game challenge.

Because most of us are challenged even remembering names, wearing a name badge at networking events should be required. Providing easy visual access to the seemingly innocuous name badge is key.

Tips for Wearing Name Badges

Wear your name badge so others may view, learn, remember and use your name. Knowing where to place your name badge shows you as aware, thoughtful, in the know, and one in-touch with important detail.

When you take the time and effort to consider this seemingly small detail, the perception is you take similar time and effort with attention to detail in other business matters.

Name badges belong on the right side and should be worn as high as possible on your right shoulder for others to see!  Because, as you extend your arm to shake hands the line of sight is to the other person’s right. As you shake you need only lower your gaze, rather than overtly exchange your glance from their right to their left side in order to see their name badge.  In doing so, you convey you have forgotten their name.

It is not necessary to wear a name badge when you are the speaker, as everyone knows who you are. One exception: When speaking at a large conference where every attendee may not know you, it is appropriate, even considerate, for the speaker to wear a name badge to eliminate confusion or embarrassment.

Types of Name Badges

However “tacky” name badges are, they’re a necessary evil. Hence the reason many organizations go to considerable lengths to provide tasteful, elegant name badges.

For example, the pewter-like magnetized badges are very professional and rich-looking while still being very affordable. Be careful of the pin badges which can damage fine fabrics.

Name badges worn around the neck, often seen at conventions, are utilitarian because one can also tuck keys and business cards in the same pouch.

Another form of name badge which has evolved, those that drop into the gentleman’s left breast pocket, is actually not correct when it comes to protocol. Women’s jackets typically do not have left breast pockets. When this name badge debuted, it confused everyone.

A bonus pearl of wisdom:

Gentlemen, please think twice before clipping badges onto your belt buckle or pants pocket. …awkward!


Connie Deianni
Mentoring and Employee Engagement

Connie Deianni founded Corepoint as an extension of her passion for designing and delivering employee engagement programs to large, small, and non-profit entities. Corepoint represents 30+ years of employee engagement in the financial services and non-profit industries. Her experience began as an entry-level front-line employee in the retail banking world and evolved into a consultant/designer for employee engagement programs focused on mentoring and career development. Through trial and error coupled with the ability to “really listen,” Connie has honed best practices which support mentor programs; programs that enjoy longevity past the initial launch period and continue to flourish where the mentor concept ultimately becomes the culture of the organization.

As an experienced presenter, Connie also provides engaging, dynamic, and interactive presentations focused on mentoring, career building, networking, professionalism, and employee engagement. These insightful presentations leave her audiences with best practices, tools to implement immediately, and the creativity energy to make changes in their own organizations.

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