Five Tips on Using Business Cards
What should smart networkers do with all their business cards?
Most of us go to networking events, meet new contacts, collect a handful of business cards, and think now what?
How do you put these business cards to good use? Instead of throwing them in a desk drawer, follow these five tips:
- Research – Google the company and or the contact name to make sure following up with this person is worth your while. You will be amazed at what you can find on the Internet. The person may have a great online presence and if so, this will become someone you will want to contact.
- Connect through Social Media – Social Media is a strong force these days, especially for networking and connecting with your contacts. LinkedIn is a great place to start with business contacts in order to get to know them better. Find something or someone that you have in common and engage in conversation.
- Create a Database – Create an online database or spreadsheet with your contacts. Have them all in one place. This way it will be easier to follow up and “touch” them from time to time.
- Email – Email your contact. An email saying it was nice to meet is a wonderful way to re-introduce yourself and establish a stronger relationship going forward.
- Meeting – After you have emailed your contact set up a lunch meeting or try to meet for a cup of coffee. By meeting again you’re sure to get to know this contact more and develop a better relationship.
Remember, you go to these networking events to create contacts and hopefully meet beneficial people for your line of work. The cards you collect can be your next big break, so do your work to stay connected.
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