We've got Facebook,Twitter,email,IM,texts, faxes (Faxes? Really,still? Yes!) and the good old cell phone just to name a few ways besides talking to each face to face to communicate. How does one pass on all this info to prospective clients,patients,agents,customers and/or sexual partners? Why, the bearer of all important contact info called 'The Business Card",that's how. I happened to see a site one day (Business Card to Business Blog) devoted to these magical business icons and the site owner (Reno Lovison) was asking for submissions (guest blogs) on the subject. Well, I just happen to use these little gems and I have a father who bleeds the ink his are printed with, so here's my contribution.
I was excited about my first business card. I had been doing stand-up comedy
for a few years and the business card that said BRIAN T SHIRLEY COMEDIAN made
the whole thing seem official.
I still get a kick out of my new stack of business cards. Because of business
cards and wanting to make mine stand out, I put Comedian/Philosopher on the
third or fourth batch of cards. I almost always got a laugh from people when
they read that and now that’s the title of my website. If I had never gotten
business cards, I don’t think that would have happened. My card’s now a little
more fancy than they used to be, but not too fancy.
My Dad complained about the effects of his networking with business cards.
One day he lamented that he would hand his cards out, then sometime later see
the same people who he had given his card to at the ballpark, or the Elks Lodge
or somewhere else. These people had not called on him for business, yet they
possessed his card with all his contact information on the front very easily
read and understood. This perplexed and aggravated my Dad terribly. I told him
the next time he came into contact with one of these non-contractors, give them
another business card. My father questioned the wisdom of such a move and asked
me what he should say in the event that one of these folks brought up the fact
that they already had one of his cards. I informed my father that he should
reply that he knows they have one of his business cards, but it must not be
working properly because he has not heard from them. Then say, this replacement
card is from a new batch and he’s positive it will work as he’s tested some of
Thanks to Reno and here's the link to his site: http://businesscardtobusiness.com/blog/