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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

What do you do when you receive someone's business card?

When someone hands us her business card, we may just tuck it way in a pocket, then file it in our Rolodex® when we get back to the office. However, you may to do the following so the business card reminds you more accurately of the person you met and is useful to long-term.
  • When the person hands you the business card, look at the business card and then at the person. (You might want to do this a couple of times.) This will help you associate the person's face with her card.
  • Write notes on the back of the card that will remind you of the conversation. This is especially useful if you have promised to follow-up with the person.
    • Yes, it is okay to do this while you're talking to the person.
  • Write on the face of the card -- perhaps in a corner -- the name of the event where you met her. For example, if you met her at the WISE conference, write "WISE" in the corner. This can also help you remember who the person is.
  • Write the date that you met the person on the face of the business card. We often hold onto business cards for a long time. Doing this will help you know how long that card has been in your Rolodex.
  • If you contact the person afterwards, you might want to somehow note that on the business card. In that way, you can begin to track if this new contact is a good one for you and your business.

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