Wednesday, February 23, 2011
This is a good, practical tip for students collecting business cards during networking forays as well as anyone else interested in a Rolodex makeover. From the Lawyerist blog:
[Most people still use] business cards—there is no electronic substitute. If you find yourself with a stack of business cards, use your scanner to keep track of them.
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One of the easiest ways to track and remember references is to write on the back of cards—when you met them, how you know them, etc.
If you scan them, you can even organize your contacts into different folders. For example, if you practice family law, create a folder for family law attorneys.
Maybe you want to create a folder for people you want to have lunch with in the near future. Or even create a folder for people you would prefer to not have lunch with.
Either way, create a system that works for you. Business cards are an integral part of networking, be sure to do more than stick them in a drawer.
Some commenters on the Lawyerist blog mention an app called Bump that apparently lets you exchange e-cards via Smartphone, thus eliminating the need for those pesky p-cards (as long as the guy you're exchanging with has the app too). I'm not familiar with Bump but other commenters say it's a pain. FWIW.
You can read more of the Lawyerist's recommendations for electronically organizing your business cards by clicking here.