We often get riled up at the thought of our new business cards shipped right at our doorstep. We think that doubling our network and making leads is just a step away. After all, the possibilities are endless, right?
But often times,we forget all the work that comes in between.
Be Open to Opportunities
Moreover, make sure to take your business cards with you wherever you go, especially to networking events, seminars, conferences and business meetings. Who knows – maybe you’ll even find the need to hand out your business card while making a stop at the dry cleaners. And you don’t necessarily need to carry a fancy business card holder, either. Just carry five cards in your wallet, to ensure you don’t forget them at home.
Etiquette is Key
Avoid the Business Card Dungeon
To avoid this, make sure you write a note about the actual person on the back of your cards so that you can refresh your memory when you find yourself forgetful.
A day or two later, be sure to contact those you networked with. Leave them a note letting them know it was nice to meet them and you look forward to staying in touch and working together. This solidifies the connection (after all, they may have forgotten you!).
Most importantly, be proactive with your new contacts. Whether you send them an email with more information about your services or a follow-up with a quote estimate, implement your ideas and discussions into action, and you’ll be well on your way to growing your network and leads.