The Best Features of Name Tags

What are name tag features and why are they so important?

From security to basic identification, name tags are used for a variety of reasons. And, because of their distinguishing features, name tags are the perfect tool for everyone! They prove useful at meetings, conventions and in an office setting. No matter where you are, you’re sure to find a use for name tags.

And, here’s why!

classic name tags have features to help maintain individuality with names and titlesNames, Titles and Pictures

The primary and most noticeable feature of a name tag is to display someone’s name. One of the most important things a name tag accomplishes is to identify the wearer. When a retail employee wears a name tag with a company name or logo visible on it, that name badge becomes a subtle form of advertising, and it reinforces that company’s brand into the minds of customers. Pictures also accomplish this same task.

Titles are also important, especially at a convention or large corporate meeting. Having a person’s title on a name tag is just as important as their name. This title defines the wearer and makes them more accessible to those looking for specific types of people at these large events.

By providing everyone at a conference or other event with identification, it reinforces their identities. And, this is indeed one of the essential features of a name tag.

the features found on photo id badges are perfect for security and brandingSecurity and Branding

This fundamental feature isn’t just for use at a convention. Use name tags in offices and retail establishments for employees to recognize those who belong. As an example, if an employee is accustomed to seeing his or her fellow employees with name tags, an abnormality would be spotted easier. This is particularly true for a company that deals with sensitive information or products. Anyone that may be out of place would be immediately detected to help maintain the company’s security.

And, don’t forget branding! Leave your mark by adding a logo to all of the name tags in your office. Or, when creating name tags for a conference, add different company logos to each group’s name tags. Each company will appreciate this branding, and it also helps with continued recognition for each brand.

add a logo and other features to your name tags to increase relatabilityRelatability and Professionalism

Business name tags subtly encourage the wearer to maintain some professionalism while being worn. Sometimes it is easy for employees to forget where they are, but by adding a name badge or name tag, this is less likely to happen. While there is nothing wrong with having a casual working environment, a name tag will ensure a certain amount of professionalism.

The features of a name tag such as a name and company brand will also increase relatability for customers and clients. By wearing identification, employees immediately allow others to see who they are and thereby make themselves more approachable.

So, no matter your reason for wearing a name tag, remember these key features. And don’t forget to include them on all of your personal identification tools.

Change Your Life With A Name Tag

Name tags won’t just change your life; they will affect everything around you.

Considering all of the elements in a name tag, changing your life is the least this tool will do. Name tags reach much further than just providing someone with your name. Adapted from Scott Ginsberg, here are just a few ways your life will change for the better.

scott ginsberg change your life with a name tag“A name tag isn’t just a sticker; it’s a statement. It’s about friendliness, identity, culture and human nature,” Scott Ginsberg.

A Name Tag Is A Permission Slip

Wearing a name tag is an invitation to friendliness. It’s a way to open up to others and overcome your personal walls. Sigmund Freud discovered that a person’s name is the single context of human memory most forgotten. So, wearing a name tag means one less name people have to worry about remembering.

change your life by wearing any type of name tag including adhesive name badgesBecause name tags are permission slips, they encourage engagement. Their primary function is to personalize and humanize each person. Inviting encounters is what they do. And you permit this change to happen every time you put on your name tag.

A Name Tag Is An Engagement Tool

The hardest part about conversations is getting the ball rolling. That’s why names are so great. They are the basic building block of conversation. The sooner you know people’s names, the sooner you feel comfortable around them.

And the sooner you let another person know your name, the better off you will be. Name tags provide that ice-breaker instantaneously.

A Name Tag Is An Equalizer

change your life with a classic no logo name tagBy wearing a name tag with just your first name, you make it easier for people to connect with you. Others are more apt at finding common ground. Everyone has a first name! When name tags are worn with just your first name, you successfully level the playing field.

A Name Tag Is Non-Threatening

Others can choose to ignore you, but there you are with your name out for all to see. Whether people say hello or just walk by, you’re still being friendly. In this sense, a name tag isn’t imposing on others. It is inviting them to get to know you. And it provides necessary change in your environment for others to trust you.

“Wearing a name tag hasn’t created my identity; it’s revealed it. The name tag excavated and amplified who I always was as a person. It enabled me to continue becoming the person I was in the process of becoming,” Scott Ginsberg.

A Name Tag Is A Sacrifice

Sure, you feel dumb when wearing a name tag. It’s uncomfortable. But think about how many people whose lives you just made easier. Like the guy who’s been working down the hall from you for six years but didn’t know how to spell your name until now. (Or) the shy person across the room who didn’t have the courage to walk up and say hello until now. (How about) the new yoga teacher who had thirty new students, yet only 29 new names to memorize. Whew! How are you practicing mini-sacrifices each day to make other people’s lives (even a LITTLE) easier? What comfort are you willing to forego?

Wearing a name tag stretches your personality. It makes you come out of your shell and your comfort zone. And, in turn, it helps others to do the same. Sure, it might be scary and uncomfortable at first, but think about the impact you have on others by immediately disclosing your name.

Name Tags: Making A Personal Connection

Greeting someone by using their name establishes a personal connection.

Remembering someone’s name is the best way to get their attention. Using a name shows courtesy and respect toward them. It’s a way of making a positive impression on someone. And, to some, it’s the most important sound of their day.

Why is it so important to hear your name? Your name is what connects you to your family and friends. It’s what makes you so unique. Without your name, you are just another face in a crowd. And when someone uses your name, any situation becomes personal.

Dale Carnegie, an expert in relationship building, tells us, “A person’s name is to him or her the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”

name tags help to make a personal connection in almost every situationName tags are the perfect way to make sure that someone knows your name. And, they are increasingly important in the world today. How can someone, whether fellow employee or customer, connect with you without knowing your name?

There are so many reasons to be wearing a name tag.

When working, it helps provide security and a sense of belonging. It also helps those around you to know who you are and if you can help with something they might need.

name tags help to make a personal connection in almost every situationAnother reason to wear a name tag is demonstrated by this poignant, albeit brief, interaction.

“This morning I was at the local coffee shop. The young lady who prepared my coffee was wearing a name tag, and I was able to thank her by using her name. I could tell this made her feel good and appreciated.”

Using a person’s name shows that you have gone out of your way and taken the time to make a personal connection to them. Remember, business is not only about selling or making money. It’s about connecting with those around you. Without a personal connection, no goods are shared. Nothing will happen. Once that connection has been made, it becomes a trusted relationship.

Name tags make any connection emotional and personal. It causes people to remember with whom they are doing business. It sets an individual apart and makes them feel special. And, it’s the best way to get someone’s attention.

4 Great Reasons to Use Name Tags and Names!

Here at Name Tag, Inc we are always looking for insightful blogs and tips to post! This week we ran across this wonderful post by Don Gallahger. We are so pleased to share it with all of you!

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Most employees in retail environments wear name tags, right? When they are wearing one, does it prompt you to use their name?

In my experience, I’ve observed that most people don’t, and I’ve often wondered why. It seems that striking up a conversation that includes the other person’s name would be a lot more fun and satisfying, especially for them.

On the other hand, I have to admit that I’m guilty too. Up ’til now I’ve rarely used the information offered on name tags to help lighten my conversations with retail and service personnel.

 

This discussion around public name usage and name tags started up today while I was at my favorite local UPS Store. Terri Messer, the owner, and I were talking about an inquiry I’d made about buying some name tags for myself.

There are certain speaking and training venues where it makes sense for me to wear a professional looking name tag. I had decided it was time to get a couple of different styles ordered.

As we talked, I mentioned to Terry that by my second visit to her store, I had noticed that she and her employees were calling me by my first name. It had made a big difference to me. Not only was I getting great service, but I felt cared for too.

She went on to tell me a couple of other stories about the impact of their conscious efforts to learn and use customers’ first names. To some, it had made an important difference in their relationships with the store.

As our conversation continued, we flipped it around and pondered why customers don’t take more advantage of what’s provided on the name tags of store personnel. Both of us agreed it would most likely yield positive results.

With this in mind, I would suggest that there are four great reasons to leverage what’s on a name tag to help you connect with the wearer:

  • First, it’s good manners. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.” Why is it good manners? See the next bullet!
  • Second, it’s kind and it makes the other person feel special. As Dale Carnegie points out in his classic book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, “The name sets the individual apart; it makes him or her unique among all others.”
  • Third, it’s easy. The name tag has all the information required. All you need to provide is the initiative and the energy.
  • Finally, the importance of your need may be elevated if you use the other person’s name. Wouldn’t that be nice? Better service because you were kind and thoughtful. Not a bad return on your investment.

I’m sold. It’s time to for me to start making better use of name tags and names out in the world.

I’ll be sure to let you know how things go. I’d enjoy hearing the same from you!

“Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” Dale Carnegie (American author)

Question: How do you leverage name tags and names to help you connect with others?

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