There are four “p” words to use when making your name tag at an event full of strangers, influencers, and decision makers. By following these proven steps, your name tag can help you talk about your ministry, your book, or your latest trip – even a new grandchild.  The steps are easy and your name tag can lead you into your dream conversation.

Pick dark marker colors. Black is always the best choice. Then choose the broadest tip to make the letters easy to read.

Print your first name larger than your last name. The exception would be if you were a medical doctor then you may want your title and last name largest.

Pictures make us memorable. Draw a simple icon or outline of the topic you would like people to ask you about on your name tag. The simpler they are the better they work. Stick drawings work well.

Place the name tag on your right shoulder. Wearing the name tag on your right shoulder makes it easier for those shaking your hand to read your name instead of leaning over to read it on your left shoulder.

When I create a name tag for myself, I put my icon of a teacup on it. People often ask me, “Why the coffee cup?” The question allows me to tell them about my ministry of using a teacup as an outreach tool. This statement leads me to give them the story of proof. Depending on the event, I share different stories. When I’m in an event for Christian Communicators, I share how Vonda and I were the first to host a high tea at the Cove. With others, I may share how a teacup symbolizes 2 Corinthians 13:14. I’ve found it very productive in opening up the conversations about my speaking engagements at mother/daughter teas or in business conference rooms.

Place name tag on your right shoulder always.

Place name tag on your right shoulder always.

Here are a few suggestions for simple symbols/drawings to start a conversation.

  • A stick drawing for the Eifel Tower or the Leaning Tower of Pisa to talk about your latest vacation if you went to Paris or Italy.
  • An open book so when someone asks, “Why the book?” You can tell them about your Bible study or your latest book that’s out.
  • A tulip if you want people to know that you are a florist designer.


A picture can start a conversation.                                                                                                      

What picture would you put on your name tag next time to open an introduction of who you are, what you do, or what is going on in your world?

Uplifting blessing, Carolyn

 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.                  Psalm 37:5

Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.
Psalm 37:5