Hello, My Name Is Tim. Having Fun With Name Tags

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage GREC #208281

 Many others have written about wearing name tags.  Last Friday on 20/20 there was a segment about a guy who has been wearing one of those sticky generic name tags for 2,424 days straight.  He has written a book about it and is now a big public speaker on the art of being approachable.

I'm intrigued by the idea of wearing a simple name tag with nothing other than my name.  Nothing real estate related that is screaming that I am a salesperson. Just a simple "Hello, my name is Tim". 

When I see someone with a name tag like that I figure that they were at some kind of meeting or convention.  It tells me that they would probably be open to talking with me.

Wouldn't that be a great ice breaker?  You wait for someone to ask you about your name tag.  You then have the opportunity to  start asking them about what they do. Most likely they will ask what you do.   Hopefully they kind of like you before they find out you are one of those dreaded salespeople.  Not that everyone avoids real estate agents but I'm sure there are quite a few people who have a certain stereotypical picture in their head that probably isn't too attractive. 

I'm going to have to test it out for a few weeks.  I'm talking about wearing it every where.  I just don't see a downside. 

What do you think?  Would it look silly wearing it out to dinner?  Would it open more doors?


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About the Author:  Tim Maitski has been a full time Realtor since 1999. He has sold several hundreds of homes in areas around metro Atlanta.  Tim started with RE/MAX Greater Atlanta and is now with Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage.


Along with blogging on ActiveRain, he provides one of the best real estate websites in Atlanta at www.HomeAtlanta.com .


His proprietary  "Maitski Line Reports" chart out the absorption rates over the past 14 years in 37 different market areas.  Know when it's a good time to buy or a good time to sell.    


His online Property Tax Calculator allows you to compare property taxes in many counties and cities around the Atlanta area.  He provides the Atlanta MLS Power Search Tool that allows searches of homes using over 35 specific criteria.


Over the years, Tim has optimized his business so that he now can offer a huge 50% commission rebate to his buyers.  The more experience one gets, the easier the job becomes.


Tim also has a "Five Days to Sold" System that uses an intensive marketing blitz to create a showing frenzy that creates urgency and offers.


Tim is always looking to LinkIn with anyone who is interested in building their social network.


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Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Good idea, Tim !

I used to wear my Royal Lepage badge with my name on it until it became such a habit I was even wearing it to family gatherings. I stopped wearing it when various family members started saying 'Why are you wearing your name tag? I think we know your name by now. !' 

perhaps I will dig it out and start wearing it again, EVERYWHERE. Afterall, you never know who might drop by.



Jun 23, 2007 01:29 AM #5
Paul Moye
Benchmark Realty - Franklin, TN
Broker, GRI, SRES
Keep it up and tell us how it goes. I know when I go to Publix or Home Depot on my way home and have on my name tag from work I have at least 3 or more people speak to me. Sometimes thy ask if I know where the kitty litter is located but the approach me.
Jun 23, 2007 01:31 AM #6
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
I have forgotten to take my name tag off after going to an event -- and then I am at the grocery store or standing in line waiting to see a movie and someone will say -- Hi Joan  -- then, I remember, Oh my -- I forgot to take off my name tag!  I think I will try this out -- it certainly does get people to talk to you --
Jun 23, 2007 01:38 AM #7
Christina Lackey
Coldwell Banker Prime Properties - North Syracuse, NY
Syracuse Central New York Real Estate
Now, this is a good idea.  Another thing that worked for me was when I worked as a Pre-K teacher and would go to the grocery store with paint in may hair.  It was always a conversation starter... that's for sure!  LOL, seriously, though, I do think that a certain percentage of people will approach you simply because you look apporachable.
Jun 23, 2007 02:41 AM #8
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate
I wonder what kind of conversations you're going to get into.  Since it won't have a brokerage on it, I would think that real estate wouldn't be the predominant topic.  But you could always work it in there.  Please let us know how your experiment works.
Jun 23, 2007 03:30 AM #9
Debbie Baldes
Executive Properties - Citrus Heights, CA

I know it will spark conversation! When I first got into real estate my top producing coworkers at CENTURY 21 always told us newbies to wear our nametags. I got a lot of criticism from my friends and family, like, "Do you wear that EVERYWHERE?" But, it does work and it does create the opportunity for someone to say something. Positive or negative, at least it gets you into conversation! I'll let you test the waters first with the handwritten one and I'll check back for updates. :-)

Jun 23, 2007 03:39 AM #10
Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate Guy

Thanks for the tip Tim, another thing to try, now I've got to go get myself some name tags. It looks like it could be an interesting journey.

Jun 23, 2007 10:15 AM #11
Tony Gallegos
Cognicorp Mortgage Banking Advisory - Marietta, GA
What a great idea. I'm really interested in hearing about the results.
Jun 24, 2007 03:09 PM #12
Karen Hurst
Rhode Island Waterfront!


I tried wearing my Realtor pin and that didn't work. Maybe a name tag would do the trick, but people tend to talk to me whenever I am out for some reason, my problem is bring up Real Estate into the topic.!

Jun 25, 2007 02:23 AM #13
Suzanne Sands
Pavao Real Estate - Somerset, MA
Somerset MA Real Estate


Go for it! We have heard so many success stories just from a simple name tag! Lets us know how you make out! :)

Jun 25, 2007 02:31 AM #14
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Tim... or is it Bob?   That was awesome.  I use to have a name tag, professionally done, but it had my companies name on it also.....  but I wore it to functions and to closings. But what he has here is something very simple. I don't where a name tag, but I start conversations every where I go... I am not kidding you, ask anyone. And within 5, maybe 10 minutes, I know what they do for a living and if they don't ask me right back, I tell them. I have gotten some business because of this.

My philosophy is, what do I have to lose? Think about it... so the person walks away and says, what a goober. Who cares...  but maybe that one person says... give me your card. This guy Scott just took it to the next level.... a name tag.

So.... let us know how it works...  I just wonder though... he says every where. If I went to a nice restaurant, I would take it off....  but then do this though as some have suggested in this post of mine....  give the waiter or waitress with your tip.   Business Cards can help you move your career forward..........    And you know what....  3 months ago, I gave my card out as a tip at a restaurant and I am now working on that person's mortgage. Again, what do you have to lose?  thanks for sharing this.

                                                                                                       jeff belonger


Jun 25, 2007 03:33 PM #15
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL

If you leave your business card with a tip, be sure you leave a good tip, a generous tip. If you're being stingy, please don't leave it.

Wearing your professional nametag is always good. I'll be interested to hear the results of the "convention" tag, and how they relate to business goals.

Jun 25, 2007 05:27 PM #16
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

He is definitely an unusual character.  I loved his idea and approach.

Jun 25, 2007 11:31 PM #17
Venice Harris
EXP Realty - Conyers, GA
Real Estate Agent - Conyers, GA
Oh yeah... I love this idea.  I'm going to put name tags on my to-do list today.  I think it will be fun.  I hope everyone posts their experiences here too.
Jun 26, 2007 03:15 AM #18
Earlene Myers
Fleming Island, FL
Your Client Connection
Tim - I love SCOT!  I have been receiving his E-zine for awhile and he always brightens my day.  Unfortuantely (or maybe that is fortunately??)  I didn't catch 20/20, but I did view his clip online.  He has some great networking and marketing ideas and would recommend his blog and e-zine to everyone who loves to learn and laugh!
Jun 27, 2007 10:43 AM #19
Todd Murphy
Fitts Agency - Tuscaloosa, AL
Tim, I always like to read your blogs - you are definitely not "inside the jar."
Jun 29, 2007 11:39 PM #20
Julianna Hind
eXp Realty - Tacoma, WA
REALTOR, 206-679-4768, Tacoma Federal Way, Auburn, Kent, WA
Tim, thanks for introducing me to Scot --- thats a blast, I love the positive an upbeat attitude! Great ideas, I think you should do an experiment with the name badge and return with a report!
Jul 10, 2007 04:57 AM #21
Charlotte Home Loans Your Charlotte Mortgage Lender
Charlotte, NC


I just read this post and found it very interesting. Its been 4-5 months since you posted it... did you (or anyone else) actaully try this and if so, what did you discover?


Nov 29, 2007 10:00 AM #22
Tara Colquitt
Tara Colquitt, The Credit Woman, LLC - Philadelphia, PA
Credit Counselor
Tim, you out there? I have the same question that Ed asked. I am enjoying and learning from your posts. Thanks!!
Feb 20, 2008 09:38 PM #23
hi i am tim thats my name and why did you make a website about me thanks :)
Aug 27, 2008 05:29 AM #24
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