The Name Badge Controversy
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May 2013 Newsletter

Coordinators, Inc.

M The Name Badge Controversy

Never did I imagine that the March Newsletter would cause such controversy! Our newsletter is distributed to 600 emails and then of course we publish it on LinkedIn. I am not exaggerating to say that I received hundreds of passionate responses from all over the world. For those of you that perhaps did not get the chance to read my name badge editorial, you can read it here.
After reading all the responses, I have boiled them down to three categories. Here are the results:

  1. No one likes the pin-on badges or self-adhesive.
  2. The attendees that want to network and are serious about making contacts are in 100% agreement with me. A bulldog clip on the right hand side is the way to go with large font. The magnetic badge would otherwise be their second choice. 
  3. There are lanyard badge lovers out there!  They beseech me not to eliminate their coveted lanyards. Most of these people wear it around their neck as an admission badge. They like the convenience of using it as an extra pocket to store the meeting agenda, daily tickets and business cards.  Leave the type size large but truthfully, should they want to “network,” they swap business cards. First and foremost, they are attending the event for the knowledge and they like the versatility and practicality of the lanyard. That said…fans of the lanyard do acknowledge that no one likes the fact that people are staring at their chest.

In conclusion I will say…know your attendees!  Is networking a crucial component of your meeting? If so, go with the bulldog style badge holder or even the magnetic badge. Should you have learning as the major impact for your delegates, and they require tickets along with an extensive program agenda, then you will want to use the lanyard badge holder.  However, should your attendance be primarily women…no lanyards… placement on the chest is too uncomfortable for them.  Many people also believe that we are placing too many logos on the badge making it too cluttered and difficult to read. I agree, a clean simple badge is the best. It has been my pleasure to read all of your comments and I look forward to future discussions!

Thank you for sharing your opinions!

Ann Bruttell
President, Meeting Coordinators, Inc.

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April was another successful month for Project Management Institute - Great Lakes Chapter (PMI-GLC).   The chapter held their 12th Annual Spring Symposium, "Advancing in a Resurgent Economy," at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.  It was a very successful event attended by over 450 project management professionals!

Neal Whitten, trainer, consultant and best-selling author, delivered the opening keynote address. It was followed by 12 sessions on various aspects of project management by experts and practitioners. The closing keynote was delivered by Jeff Dalton, author and president of Broadsword.

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