Hello, my name is Kelley
August 10, 2009 · Print this post
I didn’t go to President Obama’s inauguration
, although I did weep for joy through the entire event in the comfort of my own living room (see Comments section to learn why this is edited). But if I’d been there, I would certainly have been wearing a name tag.
Sharing your name is an act of courtesy, courage, and confidence. It’s a way to connect; it’s the beginning of community. Forget about those people who throw their name around like a weapon or a bribe (and just so you know, if you do that, other people talk bad about you when you’re not around). Most people aren’t impressed by your name; they’re impressed by the gift of it.
So don’t ever assume that people at your company or in other parts of your life “know who you are” — that just makes you look either insecure or enormously arrogant, neither of which is really the ideal path to getting things done.
It’s not hard. Smile and say, “Hi, I’m Kelley.” From that simple connection, you can go almost anywhere.