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What's in A Name? or Who R U? Wearing Name Tags Helps Social Interactions

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It's about getting folks to share a little more about themselves, and to be more transparent, starting with names. It applies to the real world as much as it applies to social networking, or to antiques dealers.

Remember the Seinfeld episode about everyone wearing name tags?

[Elaine in Seinfeld once proposed: 'Wow! You know what I would do if I was running for mayor. One of my campaign themes would be that everybody should wear name tags all the time to make the city friendlier.']

 I think it was a great idea! And I'm not the only one - read Social Capital Blog's comments about starting a National Name Tag Day.

I was chatting on a forum recently, and posted this:

" I have a request for you, my fellow humans, online and off.  If your sign-in name is different from your real name, would you please put your name on your About Page? And when you sign your comments, too. At least your first name. Pretty please?

I think it would really help us to get to know each other. I know it would help me.

It'd be great to see a pic of your faces, too.

I know that since Jeff and I started wearing buttons printed with our names, and our bottle club name, whenever we go to any bottle show/event, we have made so many new friends. We are having a much better time in our hobby now.

I always wear a name tag when I attend any antiques show, too, as it encourages conversations. People like to deal with someone they know, and a name is a great place to start.

How many times have you met someone, had a short but pleasant interaction, and moved on. Then you see them at the next event, you're so distracted trying to remember their name that they've walked by you before you can speak.

Now we have had so many more conversations with fellow collectors. They are able to say, "So, your'e with that club..." or "Hey, I saw your article in the newsletter..." -- you get the idea.

If my personal partiality to names isn't enough to influence you (pretty please with sugar on top?), then here's a quote from an article on The Customer Collective about improving sales in a recession by being transparent:

" transparency is the antidote to suspicion. In a recession, bad behavior goes up. Buyers are more suspicious of sellers’ motives. Transparency eases their mind about the motives behind your actions, your words, and your intentions. Transparency helps your sales. "

" the main reason we don’t practice transparency is fear—fear of being taken advantage of by competitors, by employees, and by customers. Now is the time to remember the adage "the best way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him." You receive the behavior you expect. "

Signed --Marianne Dow

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