If you’re going to attend a lunch, networking event, volunteer activity and especially a conference, don’t forget your business cards. Business cards should be something you carry with you like your cell phone. They are an easy way to remind those you meet of how to contact you.
As I said in Follow Up with People You Meet, timing is everything. The sooner you can follow-up with those you meet, the more likely they are to remember you and vice versa.
Every time you meet someone is an opportunity to make a connection, either personally or professionally. You never know when someone is going to be searching for an expert in your field.
How do you feel about business cards? How do you keep track of all the people you meet?
11 thoughts on “Don’t Forget Your Business Cards”
When you run out of business cards if you are savvy you have an account on http://contxts.com/about and you can tell them to text you at 50500 with your name and VOILA they have your contact info.
Great point and good questions, now to tweet this 😉
Interesting! I’ll have to try that out and let you know how well it works!
So true! stop and think how often you hear the phrase, “Have you got a card?” And isn’t it the case that most of the time, the response is “Gee, I just gave the last one out . . .” which we all know means “I haven’t brought cards out with me in over a year – I don’t even know where they are!”
Don’t be the one making lame excuses – always give out your card. Even if 9 out of 10 are ultimately thrown away, that tenth might bring a great job your way!
Thanks for the great comments! I couldn’t agree more!
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I always have business cards on me now because of what you said Aurora, “you never know when someone is going to be searching for an expert in your field”. Or, you never know who knows who. You might come up in a conversation where the person you gave your business card too might be like “Oh well I just met ____ and here is her information”. You just never know. Because of this I keep business cards in my nook case (I am always reading), my personal planner, my wallet etc. This way, no matter where I am or what I am doing, I have some on me.
Also, you never know who knows who. You might come up in a conversation and your information passed on!
Great points, Katrina!
I am sure you have made some wonderful contacts by keeping your cards on hand. I appreciate your suggestions of where else to keep business cards, not just in your purse or laptop case.
I look forward to hearing more from you!