There are two types of people that walk away from credit union conferences – hoarders and chuckers. Want to know if you are a hoarder or a chucker? It is simple. If you are in your workspace reading this blog post please take a moment and open up that conference graveyard drawer and pull out the numerous lanyards and plastic nametag holders and place them on your desk. How many do you have? What are you going to use these for? Do they create feelings of reminiscing about that favorite conference? Umm, not sure about any of that. If you have a heaping pile then you are a hoarder. Now on to the chuckers – while sitting at the airport terminal do you clean out that extra carry-on bag from the conference and chuck all of the unwanted marketing material along with your conference name tag? The last thing you want to do is mess with all of this stuff on the plane and heaven forbid during your first day back at work when you are playing week long catch up. Do you tear up the name tag in to small pieces so your name is not floating around Las Vegas somewhere? Do you feel guilty about adding this stuff to the landfill?
We have both hoarders and chuckers covered at the CU Water Cooler Symposium and we are here to support both groups. For you hoarders, bring your pile of lanyards and plastic name tag holders to Indy, that you can emotionally part with, and we will reuse them at the Symposium. Your saving of these valuable items is now paying off and that will create a warm feeling in your heart. For you chuckers, you will be able to borrow a lanyard and plastic name holder and return it when you are done. No guilty feelings of finding a trash can at the beautiful Indy airport.
Both hoarders and chuckers can relate to the awful name tags that are at most conferences. Have you ever experienced any of these registration nightmares:
- Name is spelled wrong. Asking for a replacement is at least a 15 minute sentence in the registration line.
- Wrong title. Every once in a while you hit the lottery and come up with an improved fun title.
- They use a nickname that you didn’t authorize. Snookie or The Situation for example.
- Names on tags are so small that you have to squint to see others as they walk by which creates awkward moments.
We have solutions for these at the CU Water Cooler Symposium as well. We are liberating you, some might say delegating – but we prefer liberating, from all of this stress. We want you to create your own name tag and bring it to the Symposium. Here is your chance to design the name tag of the future for conferences. Be creative – have fun with it – and rumor has it there will be an award for the best name tag. Should be fun.
There is another related group called – procrastinators. This is an entirely different blog post, but we will have this group covered as well with a name tag art station at the Symposium.
Doug “Chucker” True