One of your most effective networking tools is your simple, low-tech business card. Since you only get a few moments to make the best possible positive first impression on a stranger, what you do – and don’t do – with your business card can make a significant difference. Consider these simple Finesse Strategies.
- Don’t give your card to people at the beginning of a conversation. Wait until you have a reason to want their card or to want them to have yours.
- After a short focused chat, if you’re interested, then ask them for their card. Write a note on the back indicating where you met and what you discussed. This should prompt them to ask for yours.
- If they don’t, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not interested in you. It just means they haven’t asked you for your card … yet.
- Then, say, “May I give you my card?” instead of “Would you like my card?” Almost everyone will say yes. And don’t take it out of your pocket until they do. Write a similar note on the back of yours.
These simple little techniques can help you to network with business card finesse and project a professional and uncommonly courteous first impression. They can also help differentiate you from the rest of the amateurs networking at the same event.