When working internationally as an MC I see and hear a lot of speakers.
I am always very amused when speakers at conferences leave their name badges or lanyards on when they speak from the stage.
When briefing speakers as the MC before an event I always ass them to take their name badges off.
These are the reasons I give them and why leaving your name badge on will kill your next presentation.
1. It is a Distraction
Let’s face it a big name badge is a visual distraction and your eyes are drawn to it. You want the audience just to focus on you.
2. You Lose Credibility
It decreases your uniqueness as a speaker.
Stand out from the crowd by not having a name badge.
3. You Lose Authority
It means you are just one of the audience and not a speaker invited to present because of your expertise.
4. No One Can Read It
Let’s face it name badges are used for networking and event security. No one can reda your name badge when you are on stage because they are too far away.
Your name should also be on the title slide, in the MC’s intro and in the event program! No one is going to check you from security as you walk on stage!
5. It Tarnishes Your Image
You want a clean and professional image. Also take your name badge off for any photographs for a cleaner, better image.
Edited extract from new book on Insider Secrets of International Speaking due for release December 18th 2015 by McGraw Hill Education.