Do you currently put your photo or executive portrait on your business card? Do you have a business card? If you’re not in business, do you make a business card? I’ve seen retired folks with business cards. I’ve seen dating business cards. I think it’s a cool idea. Instead of reaching for a pen, you have your contact into ready to go for who your meeting that day.Thoughts?


Do you currently put your photo or executive portrait on your business card? Do you have a business card?  If you’re not in business, do you make a business card?  I’ve seen retired folks with business cards.  I’ve seen dating business cards.  I think it’s a cool idea.  Instead of reaching for a pen, you have your contact into ready to go for who your meeting that day.  Thoughts?

These days business cards are so cheap.

Giving out 1 card is like eating 1 frosting flake.  It’s that cheap.  What is ON the card is the value part.  What should go on the business card?  Your name, your contact info, your phone number (make this font larger so it is very readable – NOT a fancy font, which might be unreadable), address (so we know where you are working or doing business), your tagline (what you’re known for helping people or what you’re looking for), your email (you already get tons of spam, having a thank you email for meeting you is probably the good kind of email, right-give an opportunity to follow up), a logo that identifies you or your business, and maybe the most innovative and most important, a good size photo or Executive Headshot of you (Help yourself stand out from the crowd).

Who should design your card?  Would you be amazed if I said you could also design your card from the price of 1 bowl of cereal?  By a professional designer.  Yes.  Any color, any design, it can be done.  You receive the JPG back on your computer desktop ready to send to your favorite printer.  What thickness of paper should you get?  Remember, thin, cheap shows just that.  Give your contact something to hold in your hand.  Give them something of value.  You are valued, yes or yes?  Stand out.  Make a 1st impression.  This is your first line of offense and defense.  Make it count.  Do you currently put your photo or executive portrait on your business card? Do you have a business card?  If you’re not in business, do you make a business card?  I’ve seen retired folks with business cards.  I’ve seen dating business cards.  I think it’s a cool idea.  Instead of reaching for a pen, you have your contact into ready to go for who your meeting that day.  Thoughts?

Next step, don’t let the dust settle on these shiny new cards.

Remember, overall, 1 card is cheap.  So give them out like hotcakes.  To anyone and everyone.  Treat it like mini billboards off the highway.  1 look is all it takes before your card heads to the circular file or trash or the next referral that makes your phone ring and ring and ring.  NOW, what do you say when handing out your card?  If you haven’t enrolled in Toastmasters, I suggest you do.  You might get the best bang for your buck.  You will learn how to deliver the best 2 and 5 minute talk in the EXACT time it takes to pass along one of your fresh new cards and make your 1st impression last longer.

Another cool tip, to save on feedback forms at our local Toastmasters meeting, I use the back of my cards which has white space.  All white.  I write my evaluation for a speaker there and pass my card to the speaker.  If they want to ask me further thoughts on their speech for development, they are welcome to contact me.  You can also do this every where you go in a day.

Write a compliment on the back of a card and hand it to someone.

That compliment that took 2 seconds might go a long long way.  Like a big huge check deposited in the near future in YOUR bank account.  Like?  Agree?  Thoughts?  Facebook live your response OR comment below and or place your FB live video link in the comments too.  Cheers!!!

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7 Comments

  1. Everybody should have a business card with contact info for whatever networking they do in person. I liked the app that used to allow you to touch phones and your “contact info” only would exchange. But until that’s perfected yes! I think it looks slick with a pic!

  2. Photos are a great way to start building rapport – people can easily remember you when they see your face.

    Most important business card lesson is biz cards are best used to get the contact info from others and then make sure You follow up. Waiting for the promised call back never works

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