Everyone I meet responds to the nametag a little differently.
I was at the park. A guy told me that he would never want to wear a nametag, as it would ruin his lifelong dream of becoming a spy.
I was at a potluck. When I was introduced to the host, he asked if I had any extra nametags. I said yes. He wore it all night.
I was at a downtown deli. On the way out, a man pointed at me, said, “Nice name!” then kept on walking.
I was at an outdoor concert. A cop stopped me. He stared at my nametag, looked me straight in the eye, squinted and then kept walking.
I was at a baseball game. When I bought a soda at the concession stand, the volunteer at the counter said, “Scott, we’re glad you’re here!”
I was walking across the street. A monk in an orange robe asked, “Scott, have you heard of Krishna?” I said yes. He smiled.
I was at a coffee shop. I met a toddler while waiting in line. She pointed to my nametag, so I told her my name was Scott. Utterly confused, she asked, “Why?”
Everyday, each of these interactions is a mini Rorschach test.
It’s an indicator of perception.
It’s an insight into personality.
It’s an implication of preferences.
And it is frighteningly accurate. Considering I’ve run this test tens of thousands of times, for more than a decade; you’d be amazed what you can learn about somebody simply based on the way they respond to a nametag.
I know that if they crack a joke immediately, they’re cool people. I know that if they say hello out the window of their car, they’re fun people.
I know that if they roll their eyes and look at me like an alien, they’re insecure people. I know that if they try to rip my nametag off in a public venue, they’re jerky people. Instant analysis.
The nametag is my constant. It’s my filter. It’s how I judge people.
And I think each of us needs something like this. Something small, repeatable and portable that helps us make sense of the people we meet.
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