Name Tags are Useful
Name tags can be created for participants to use during a training session. A training workshop in which participants do not know one another beforehand can benefit from using name tags. Highly interactive training benefits from name tags as participants assemble to do group work and other activities.
Traditional Name Tags
Name tags can be small pieces of paper tucked behind a plastic badge with a pin in it for easy pinning to a shirt.
Informal Name Tags
An easier and less formal method is to write names on circular pieces of thick paper, make a hole at its top and slide a thin rope from that hole. The name tag can then be easily worn around the neck. The advantage of this type of name tag is that it does not use a pin which might harm clothes or even wound a participant. The disadvantage is that it could easily flip on the back side thus hiding the name. This drawback can be easily remedied by writing the name on both sides.
Simplest Name Tags
In cases where participants have assigned seats and tables that they will not be changing or leaving, a simple folded sheet of paper can be used to display their names by standing the sheet of paper on the desk.
Name tags are not just a way to improve communication among participants but it also helps the trainer communicate with participants in a better way. If the training includes a part where the trainer is also responsible for evaluating participants or providing feedback about them then name tags become a necessity.
No Name Tags
Despite the usefulness of name tags a training session might still be successful without them if the trainer attempts to memorize participant names say during the icebreaker and there are not many other interactive activities or participants already know one another well before the training.
In what other ways can name tags be made and for what other reasons can they be used?