In my Social Networking in Real Life presentation (SNiRL), I put a lot of emphasis on the importance of business cards. I stress that you should not be the person at the party handing out cards like a Las Vegas dealer. However, you should have them readily available when the opportunity arises to exchange your contact information.
Business cards are not just for people gainfully employed. Use them when you are between jobs or to promote your personal blog. The following are my five tips for better business cards. I get my cards inexpensively from VistaPrint if you are interested.
5 Tips for a Better Business Card
- Use a photo of yourself. Be memorable by adding a headshot to your business card.
- Include several points of contact. Don’t just use a phone number. Include a couple of different ways a person can get in touch with you.
- Leave white space. Save a little white space, so a new contact can add a note about who you are and how you met.
- Include your URL. Where can people go to learn more about you? I recommend buying yourname.com if you can get it. Then redirect the domain to your blog, business site, LinkedIn profile, or a personal landing page. Use a free service like About.Me or Flavors.Me to create your own personal landing page.
- Be creative, but remember who you will be handing your card to. They may not be ready to play it on a music box or carry around concrete, although I love these ideas.
What is the most creative business card that you have seen?
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