Business card question!

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
Hostess
24457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh girl I know how you feel!  I am 26 and still feel like an idiot about networking too!

Post # 5
Member
53 posts
Worker bee

A simple and sweet “it was nice to meet you, loved the discussion blah blah” email would be appropriate, I would think. 🙂 Shows that you’re professional and you follow up – so if this does turn into anything down the road, they’ll remember you as the one who took the plunge. They wouldn’t have given you a card if they didn’t want you to contact them. 

Post # 6
Member
53 posts
Worker bee

Also. I definitely don’t mean to sound like a snob. But if your peers aren’t able to appropriately join in a conversation… it’s not your fault that they’re alienated. If you still feel bad about it, I suggest reading the book ‘how to win friends and influence people’ by Dale Carnegie. It’s a short read (under 100 pages I think) but it’s a great read on making everyone around you feel important (and it’s super helpful for interviews and the like, double win!)

Post # 8
Hostess
24457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@rex-tographer:  That is so true (even though at some events I was that person).  I’m horrible at interrupting people so I try not to do it but if they don’t shut up, it’s hard to find out how to get into the conversation!

Post # 9
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41 posts
Newbee

I think they wanted to stay in contact with you and why they gave you the card – if you had asked for it might be different. I think networking can be an intimidating practice, but there is a wrong way and a right way to go about it. There are some people who make it their business to network and collect cards – you can smell them from a mile away.

If it is a position you might be interested in, I would actually say a handwritten note is best. Invest in some personalized stationary and make your own business cards w/ your name, email and a sentence or two about what you are intersted in or your major. I have used http://www.thestationerystudio.com for note cards and http://www.vistaprint.com for business cards. I think both of these items show you are polished.

Just remember the business world is a very small place (kinda like high school) and people you connect with early on are the same people you will cross years later.

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