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How to Make Sure No One Throws Out Your Business Card



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What do food trucks and right-wing ideology have in common? A lot more than you might think.

On the same weekend, Portland announced the first-ever national food truck convention and Washington, DC welcomed top conservatives — including Sarah Palin— to the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference.

At both events: plenty of networking and schmoozing.

From the Pacific Northwest to the nation’s capital, everyone hands out business cards and hopes those rectangular pieces of paper leave an impression.

Some cards are incredibly creative and look like modern art. If you’re short on time or don’t have a big budget, there’s a much cheaper way to ensure your info stays in a person’s pocket — and out of the trash.

Write something on your business card.

Yep. It’s that simple.

Why scribble a quick note? Because writing on a business card breathes life into your contact information.

At a networking event, conference or convention, you end the day with a fat stack of business cards. Which ones stick around?

For starters, the cards of people you intend to track down later. After that, it’s the ones with special notes on the front or back. The recipient feels like your card is different since it features actual hand-writing. With a personal touch, it’s tough to toss out right away. Think of the strategy as a ‘stationary guilt trip.’

OK, so what could you write on the business card? Several options:

- an additional phone number or email address

- an extra little nugget based on your conversation

- a Twitter handle not already listed

- a Web site URL separate from the one already on the card

If you add a URL, the person will hopefully think: ‘When I get back to my computer, I am going to check out this site.’ At the very least, the site (and you) will be on his mind as he shuffles business cards in his hand throughout the day.

The goal: to have your contact info make the journey from a networking session all the way to the person’s desk.

So much power from such a little note.

Extra Credit

Add a short message to the card in front of the person. Then, he will see you physically put pen to paper and remember your note each time he looks at your card.

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Danny Rubin is the managing editor of News To Live By, a blog that highlights the career advice and leadership lessons ‘hidden’ in the day’s top stories. Each of Danny’s columns ask a simple question: how can we use the news to get better? You can follow the blog at @NewsToLiveBy or via the twice-weekly newsletter.

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