by: Syndi Seid
1. Why name tags:
When preparing nametags, think through the purpose for the nametags. Always show the names in spoken order that is your given name, followed by your surname/last name and affiliation. Think twice about the need to provide any information beyond these basics.
2. Writing a name tag:
Use only big, bold block letters in all caps or with upper and lower case letters. Avoid script or cursive handwriting and do not add personalized touches that could be confusing.No matter how well lit a room may be, it is always more difficult to decipher cursive handwriting, particularly by those from other countries or ethnic origins.
3. Using honorifics:
Except for specialized events honorifics and titles are not typically used on nametags. These include Mr., Mrs., Ms. Dr., PhD., or M.D.; General Manager, President. Because nametags are intended to quickly show a person’s simple identity, they should only indicate first and last surname, and affiliation.
4. “Hello, my name is”:
I confess I don’t like this particular style of nametag. Admittedly, they do serve a purpose for highly informal occasions. But, they do seem very elementary and out of place in a professional setting. It’s best to use clean, professional-looking sheets, either with or without colored borders.
5. Squint Factor:
Nothing is more disappointing than to attend a conference or professional meeting, only to arrive at check-in and discover the nametags are terribly under-presented; names are printed too small, company affiliation so small you can’t make it out, and every other detail shy of your birth date is loaded onto the badge.