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You, Your Business Card and Networking Events

There is an old adage that says a man cannot survive on its own. A universal truth, this adage is truthfully applicable when it comes to running a business. A company cannot survive on its own as there is a need for company owners to reach out to other ventures to help them build a name in the industry. Through networking, entrepreneurs are able to meet like-minded individuals who can potentially become business partners to success.

Business owners can work on expanding their contacts in different venues where networking is possible. Business meetings, conferences and similar functions are ideal venues where connections can be created. It is important for entrepreneurs to always come prepared to share their business information to other businessmen. The practice of sharing business cards is among the best means of reaching out to other entrepreneurs.

Successful entrepreneurs continue to highlight this pointer as an essential in expanding their network of contacts. Business cards don’t have to be really fancy and new businessmen doesn’t have to spend on professional design companies to create one for them. Business card maker software is available online and some of these programs are even offered for free and are still capable of generating a professional looking contact card. It is important to print more than enough so you will never find yourself short of cards to give out.

While business card makers will do the trick, keep in mind that the card is a means for other people to get in touch with you. The next thing to do is to prepare yourself to interact with other people and to make yourself presentable, while making others feel great. How you treat your potential contacts is what would make them remember you. Be positive and open to the possibility that although the person might not be helpful to you now it doesn’t mean they should be treated with less importance.

Always go to gatherings with a listening ear. There are a lot of things that you can learn when you listen to others instead of manipulating all the talking. It is through listening that you will learn some tips and tricks on how to better handle your own business. The 30%/70% principle is very effective where you do the talking less and do more listening while you ask questions so you can fish out tips and advice from others.

There will be a handful of people that you will meet in these networking gatherings. After sharing business cards with these potential contacts, always make it a point to do a follow-up. Doing a follow-up is one way to cement the fact that you are now business contacts and that you can call each other anytime you need something that is business-related. A simple email message will do wonders in leaving a lasting impression to these contacts.