Entertaining Tip: An Alternative to Name Tags

Entertaining Tip: An Alternative to Name Tags

Emma Christensen
Apr 24, 2009

We've all been at those large parties where we're handed a "Hello my name is..." sticker when we walk through the door and then stand around feeling rather awkward while we make small talk with strangers. Well, here's a clever alternative that we're actually looking forward to trying at our next big gathering!

The idea is that instead of "Hello my name is..." stickers, you give your guess ones that read "Talk to me about..." Guests can fill in their career specialty, their hobby, their passion of the moment, or their favorite meal (just keeping it foodie, here!).

We picked this suggestion up from SwissMiss, who used it at a talk she was facilitating, and we think it's a brilliant idea for all sorts of social situations. Name tags like these are guaranteed conversation starters!

We think they also take away some of the discomfort factor. Personally, we feel much more comfortable approaching someone who wants to talk about a subject in which we're interested than we would just striking up a random conversation.

What other name tag alternatives would you suggest?

"Talk to Me About..." on SwissMiss

Related: Easy Entertaining: Throwing a Spontaneous Dinner Party

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