You’ve been out networking, had a productive time and given out lots of your business cards.
But have you ever stopped to wonder what happens to your card? Is it, and more importantly, are you remembered, or does it just end up in the rubbish bin?
Is, in fact, your business card worth keeping?
I ask this because all too often I am handed a card that just has a name and a mobile phone number on it. Sometimes it will have a company name, but often the company name gives me no clue as to what the person does. And likewise, the email address doesn’t either, as often it is just a name with a number added to @.
If your card is anything like this the chances are that it will end up in the rubbish bin. After all, I can hardly ring you up and say, “I’ve no idea what you do, or where you are based, but let’s do some business.” It’s just not going to happen!
Now you might be thinking I’m not very good at networking, as having met someone I can make notes on their card (not always possible on some cards), which of course I do, but, and it’s a big but, why take the chance on someone else making notes about you, when you have the perfect opportunity to tell them exactly what you want them to know? Why risk your business card ending up in a bin somewhere? Wasting your very valuable time spent networking.
In any market place you need an edge over your competition: that something extra. So, why not increase the odds of your business card being kept, improving the chance of future business, by simply improving the information on your card?