What You Need to Know
- Some attendees at a recent live networking event were carrying business cards.
- Some were not.
- Some may have counted on using their phones to exchange contact information.
As Bob Dylan said, “The times they are a-changin’.”
But did he ever need to carry a business card?
Virtual meetings have changed the way we network and conduct business.
Meeting conversations are often more focused and more efficient, and we can have more of them. Also, taking notes, doing “at the moment” research, and exchanging contact information is easy.
That said, on Zoom, there is no need to have business cards at the ready unless you want to.
We simply type our contact information in the chat box or do some copying and pasting.
Or not. It’s our choice.
I’m usually not so quick to post my info in the chat unless someone asks for it.
The reality is, attendees will find us and are probably looking at our profiles while we are in the meeting.
Now that we’re back to live networking meetings, events, conferences and outings, things are almost back to normal.
I say almost because we’re still determining the comfort level and boundaries of others, which we’ll be wondering about for a long time to come.
Some of the questions are:
Do I shake your hand?
Can we still hug?
Should I have a mask with me just in case?
Are we socially distant?
Where is the sanitizer?
Are you triple-vaccinated?
Should I bring a stack of my business cards?
Will you be open to actually handling my business card?
I was at a live networking event last week and experienced many different scenarios.
Most people were carrying business cards, but some weren’t.
I’m not sure if it was pure laziness or if they were relying on exchanging contact info on their phone.
When I asked, I never really got a straight answer.
My belief is business cards will be relevant forever.
Or at least until the next variant.
There is no harm in having a short stack of your cards (or pancakes, for that matter) with you! Here’s why!
You don’t want to appear unprofessional.
That was my first thought when people I met simply didn’t have cards with them.