Etiquette Corner: Name Tag Etiquette

If you’re at a work event or tradeshow and find yourself pinning on, sticking on, or hanging a name tag over your head, here’s how to do it right:

  1. A stick-on or pin-on name tag should be worn about four inches below your shoulder, on your right side. This way it will be visible to people when shaking hands during an introduction.
  2. When viewing someone’s name tag, glance at it. Don’t stare at if for a long period of time.
  3. “Mr.” or “Mrs.” or “Ms.” should not be written on a tag but it is permissible to include “Dr.”
  4.  At business events (not at the evening party) it is a good idea to add your title under your name. And if the event includes people from many companies, add your company name, too.
  5. If you are writing out your own tag, print it and write your name legibly.

Enjoy the opportunity to expand your network!