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A Business Card Can Be Your Friend

Most of us still use business cards on a regular basis to communicate who we are, what we do, etc. Yet so many seemingly professional people do not adhere to basic business card rules. Thus my cheat sheet on business card essentials. I didn’t think I needed to spell these out, but I’m often taken aback by how many times I meet a business owner that either runs out of business cards or doesn’t have pertinent information listed on the card. Tsk tsk… 

5 Business Card Essentials

 

  1. Make sure you have business cards with your current contact information on you at all times. You can’t predict when a business opportunity will strike.

  2. It’s 2011, please list at least one social media site you’re using.

  3. If you’re networking it’s usually for business purposes, right? Please put your company name, website and/or blog information on the card.

  4. Has your contact information recently changed, and you haven’t had a chance to order new cards? NO EXCUSE! I’m not letting you off the hook that easily. You can go to an office supply store and print your own cards, or go to a local print shop and order a small print run in the meantime. Scribbling a new phone number is a big no-no.

  5. Have you been out meeting and networking like crazy all day and ran out of cards? This is understandable, but stay prepared. Have a .vcf card already created in your phone so you can immediately email your contact information to the person you’re talking to.

Bonus Tip: Use the backs of exchanged business cards to take notes on conversations you’d like to remember – what you talked about with a person, what they wore, additional info not listed on the card, etc. You don’t have to rely on your memory when you need to follow-up with 40 people, just use the card for hints. You sound far more interested in building a relationship if you can refer to a previous conversation when you’re trying to connect via phone, email or social media. I do this faithfully and it works!

Ciao,
Miss Kemya

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  1. August 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Love it. I think I only violate the “social network” rule, but that’s because there was really no room. I went to a conference where I saw the scribbling, but even worse, someone took the time to make up labels with the correct info and STUCK IT OVER THE OLD INFO! SMH.

    • August 18, 2011 at 8:17 pm

      How embarassing and unprofessional! You must correct these offenders right away!

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