Each morning I leave the house, there are three things I make sure I have plenty of (besides coffee):
- Business Cards
- Name Tags
The last item on the list is new – and I’m finding it’s a conversation starter.
I’ve long admired how Scott Ginsberg (aka The Nametag Guy) wears his name tag everywhere. Everywhere. He practices transparent living.
Recently, I got into the habit and I’m finding them to be conversation starters – and ice breakers. Look, I carry business cards and post cards (my version of a brochure or sales card), why not wear a name tag too? Now, when I walk into a business or store – they call me by name. Immediately, the conversation is warmer.
Back to Scott: His post on Lessons About Anonymity compelled me to pick up a name tag habit. In the post, he says: Anonymity is the death of civility.
Since the late 90s, I’ve always tried to live a glass-house life. It’s helped. It’s hurt. If something goes wrong, folks can either believe their eyes or believe the lies. Consistent, transparent, accessible. So why the name tag if transparency is already a habit?
In this day of folks craving privacy and not exercising their nice muscles (“Hi! Have a Nice Day”) not only does a name tag stand out – it softens the atmosphere.
Try waving at everyone that passes by your store or business (yes, everyone). Will they think you’re weird? Probably, but we’re all weird. If you’re wearing a name tag, you’ll remember to be nice more often – and you’ll probably be remembered!
Am I trying to be Scott? Nope. It’s why I write “Mike” on my name tag. What’s on your name tag?