Don’t Be A Business Card Buzzkill!
By Sarah Barr, Business Development Manager
One of my biggest pet peeves is meeting someone at a tradeshow or conference and asking for a business card, and they say I don’t have any on me or they ran out of them. Say what? How do you go to a show and completely forget one of the most crucial items for networking with potential leads for business?
Here are some business building tips
- Keep your business cards everywhere including – your gym bag, carry-on (yes, I’ve done business in an airport!), glove compartment, briefcase, desk drawer, etc.
- Give a few of your business cards to your significant other to carry in their wallet or purse. This has come in handy for me on more than one occasion.
- When you add a networking event to your calendar, make a note about bringing business cards. Even add a reminder notification two weeks prior to check your stock of business cards so you have enough time to have more printed if you’re running low.
- Take a picture of your business card so that it is on your phone. If you find that you’ve forgotten your cards you can text or email your card image to your new contact.
- Protect your business cards by investing in a quality card holder. This way your cards will always look like new!
- The next time you’re out for dinner or lunch, leave your business card with a thank you note on it with your tip.
- Make sure you and your friends trade a few cards. Since they personally know you, they’ll never hesitate to refer you!
- If you have networking partners that carry your business card or places where you card is displayed, remember to stop by and replenish them periodically.
- When you pay your bills both personally, and especially in business, include your business card. I love doing business with people who do business with me!
If someone asks you for a business card, be prepared and always have one on hand and ready to distribute!
Do you have any other tips on what to do to remember your business cards? Comment and share below!