Getting ready for a big conference or business meeting? Don't forget to order name tags. Conferences and business events that have name tags are simply more successful. While some may roll their eyes about having to put on "another silly name tag," these little tags serve as an easy introduction for everyone attending. Just think of all the great connections and simple icebreakers that will be created, without fuss or hassle.
Here are 5 of our favorite ways name tags can improve your next conference on business meeting. Be sure to share yours with us in the comments!
Everyone is on a level playing field to be introduced to. One of the most important things about having these tags at your conference is to be sure that everyone wears them. Give your "higher ups" a gentle nudge to be sure to wear theirs, as encouragement for others to keep them on. These tags keep everyone on a level playing field where introductions are concerned. Anyone can easily be introduced to another, just by reading a name tag!
New employees feel welcomed. This is one of the top reasons to include name tags at any conference or business event. If your business or company has had an increase in new hires, you'll want these tags to help your new employees feel welcomed. It's hard to get to know a big group of people - more than 20, 50 or even 100 or 200 right from the start! Someone who has been with the company for 2 or 3 years may see some friendly faces and dive right in, but that new hire will probably hang back, wondering who to talk to. With name tags, it's easier to start talking at your conference.
Subordinate employees feel more confident talking to a higher up at a conference or business meeting. Now some higher ups may think they are "too busy" to speak to subordinates, but this is a big mistake many have made. The new television show Undercover Boss shows a company owner or boss who goes undercover to learn about their own company, from the viewpoint of a subordinate. Sometimes they learn there are skills or training they simply haven't provided, getting in the way of the company earning more money or saving time. Not everyone has the time to "go undercover," but most of us have the time to chat with someone at a conference! Making that connection could be one of the most valuable things you do for your business this quarter or even business year.
Adding "ice breakers" to name tags creates fun conversations to add connections. If you have a group of business professionals who are more introverted than most, try adding a fun icebreaker to their name tags. Add their birth month or home town or the college or school they went to. Any ice breaker will do, the goal is to encourage conversations. What's the best ice breaker to pick? One that your group will find fun and engaging!
Introverts and extroverts alike make easier introductions. There are two types of people: introverts who are less naturally outgoing, and extroverts who are quite outgoing. Most companies have both working for them. Name tags help both groups connect well and with confidence.