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Networking 101

Nancys avatarMy last Happy Hour was outrageous, but as you who have attended my events know, they are all over the top!  I thought I knew everyone, but I actually met “new” people.  This only proves that the chances of building new relationships are bottomless.  My venue, the SubZero and Wolf showroom, showed off their new tables, chairs and bar stools, the finishing touches to an award-winning, newly remodeled showroom.  The food was fantastic, as always, thanks to Marisa and Dennis Frasier and everyone else involved in this task.  A special thanks to them for finding gluten-free cookies enjoyed by everyone, not just me. 

So you’re expecting a rant?  Not to disappoint you, I did notice that several people came to my NETWORKING event without business cards.  This is perfectly acceptable if you only popped in to eat and drink.  Actually, this is not acceptable.  If that was your sole purpose, there are great restaurants all over Scottsdale.  If you want to meet new people and build your business, than the most inexpensive way to do that is to attend my monthly Happy Hours and pass out your business cards.  If you gave your last card out that morning, be prepared to quickly print new, temporary cards on your computer, or write your name and contact information on index cards. 

Your business cards will not work for you if you leave them in the car, unless you are attending a psychic event.  But, as far as I know, people in the design community don’t have the ability to read your mind, so have those business cards with you at all times.  And by the way, business cards with fonts that are too small to read don’t do you much good.  Also, I have seen cards with no email addresses!  Is your contact information a secret?  Think about it.  If you have taken the time to get business cards, don’t you want them to be used to increase your business? 

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