The general public is savvy about real estate and most potential clients will put your knowledge to the test. Your knowledge or lack of it will stand out far more than a designation. Good luck to you and thank you for the post.
I would have to agree....Sadly, John Q Public knows little about designations and probably cares less. To them they are just a bunch of letters that have something to do with real estate. IMO, their value is simply one of helping agents be better at what they do.