Friday, August 23, 2013

Zen and The Art of Wearing Nametags: How I Achieved Social Enlightenment Through A Silly Experiment

Hello, my name is Scott!

I wear a nametag twenty-four-seven. Yes, even to bed. And in the shower. 

But we’ll cover that later.

As the world record holder of wearing nametags – yes, I actually hold that prestigious title – I’ve spent the last five thousand days of my life on mission: 

Not to convince the whole world to wear nametags, but rather, to remind the everyone that they already do.

That’s what people say to me: “I wish everybody wore nametags!”

But that’s just it. We already do. All of us. Every one of us wears a nametag every day.
It might not be a sticker on a shirt or a badge at a conference. But it’s there. Whether we like it or not. As human beings, it’s impossible to walk through this world without broadcasting who we are.

A nametag is a celebration of identity, an invitation for openness and a declaration of social belonging. It’s an acknowledgement, a human equalizer and a distance reducer. A nametag is a choice to label ourselves before others get a chance to.

And so the question isn’t, “Should you wear a nametag?” but rather, “What’s written on it?” “How will you choose to wear it?” and “What will you do when people try to rip it off?”

Sound like an ancient proverb?

It is.

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