At networking events we are bombarded with noise, new faces, old faces, and some vaguely familiar faces, all the while juggling a cup of coffee. It can be a little distracting.
Most of us need to see a name as well as hear a name during introductions. Hence the name tag. It reinforces the name we’ve just heard. It also rescues us when we meet someone again and feel we should know their name.
Since the name tag is for the other person (I know who I am), where should we wear it? Extend your right arm as though you were shaking hands with someone. As they grasp your hand, where is their natural line of sight? Yes, along your right arm to your right shoulder. This is where they should read your name tag – the right shoulder.
Originally contributed to The Voice, the magazine of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.