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I Have Your Business Card, Now What? (Updated)

I originally posted an article about what to do with business cards in September 2010 and now I would like to revisit this with more insight:

Every time you meet someone it’s an opportunity to tell them about yourself and eventually hand over a business card.  I just attended Lucky FABB and collected several of them.  When you make the exchange (hopefully the other person has one too), what happens next?  Do you have a Rolodex full of cards never used?  Does it get buried under a bunch of other cards?  Do you take one look at it and throw it away? Does it show up in a pocket of an item you wear a year later? I hope the answers to these questions are no.  So what should you do?

1. Once you get a business card take a quick look at it while you’re in the presence of the other person, acknowledging that there is at least some interest and then put it away.

2.  IMPORTANT!! Within 24 – 48 hours (or as soon as possible if it’s not feasible within that timeframe) send an email to the person saying it was nice to meet you and let’s keep in touch.   You have no idea how far that goes and it’s so important!

3.  Check out their website and what they do.   They may or may not be of use to you, but possibly you can refer them to someone who might.

If you’re not into carrying business cards you can go digital and follow them on Twitter, befriend them on Facebook, or Like their fanpage.

Another new concept on the scene is contxts.com.  It’s a mobile SMS business card, where you can send your info directly to the recipient via cell or they can text a pre-selected word to a contxt number and get your info.  It’s quick, easy, paperless and free to join.  It also serves as a backup when you run out of business cards! For example text DANIEL to 50500.  What do you get back?

As a savvy businesswoman, I make it a point to do that with every business card I get because that can be another connection and can even turn into a great friend.  I have had that happen several times before and that’s all it took!  Sometimes I don’t get an email back from the person reciprocating the gesture, but at least I did my part and that makes me feel good.  In the end it’s necessary to do that because endless opportunities could arise, whether it’s related to your job or something else.

So, when you get your next business card, PLEASE make sure you followup.  It’s a small step to possibly greater things!

Cheers,

The Style Goddess

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Basic Tips to Make Any Event Successful!

Hello everyone!

Today is the first day of August in 2012 and I’m excited to launch something new! In addition to fashion, I also have a passion for events. I have worked in the event industry for 6 years and learned a lot of lessons along the way.  I’ve attended many events as well, from the Taste TV Awards to the Herb Ritts opening reception at The Getty. Out of all these experiences, I have curated and compiled an A-Z series of tips and insights covering everything you need to make your events a major success.  Each week I will bring you tips in increments of 3 until we reach the end of the alphabet.  So check back weekly to see what’s next!

Wear you best feature when planning and executing an event – a SMILE!

  1. Attitude: When planning any type of event, you must put your best foot forward and have a positive can-do attitude during planning and execution.  It is extremely important during the day of the event not to be upset, angry or sad when you’re around attendees.  Save that for behind the scenes, because the more stressed you are the more it will show on your face.  Take a breather if need be and flash that smile at all times so it can spread to everyone else!

There are so many moving parts to events and then there is your life. Can you balance it all?

  1. Balance: Planning an event involves juggling a lot of balls in the air and being able to balance everything to make sure t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted. If you’re interested in ‘balancing’ work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable. Don’t let the event overwhelm you – make time for yourself, your family and friends even if it’s a little here and there.  Meditate daily for a few minutes to center yourself and get focused.  All will fall into place.

    Effective communication is key when planning and executing any event!

  2. Communication: Clear, concise, uniform communication is crucial across all channels when it comes to planning and execution of your event.  All parties involved should have consistent information coming from one source so everyone is on the same page.  Have meetings to go over facets of the event and allow for others to ask questions.  As the planner, certain individuals should have disclosure of all info, be kept in the loop about any adjustments and you should be able to respond to email and voice messages within 24 hours, or at least acknowledge receipt.  Even if someone isn’t part of the event, but works in your office it’s good to give them a brief overview of the event or a run of show so they can be armed with key information just in case they get asked.  Listening is also a part of communication to understand what the other person is saying and allow for someone else to have a voice.

Tune in next week where I’ll share 3 more tips to have the most successful event!

Get a Free Pair of Ballasox on September 13th! (NYC Only)

Attention NYC fashionistas!  In celebration of New York Fashion Week, Ballasox will be giving away coupons for a  free pair of their on-the-go flats!   Here’s how it works:

In the next 24 hours, follow @CorsoComoShoes and #BeSweetToYourFeet to get the clues of where the Ballasox street teams will be on September 13th during Fashion Week.  If you “Spot the Ballasox” Girls on the streets of NYC, you will get a redeemable code for a free pair of Ballasox flats in any color you want from the website.

Mention to the Ballasox Girls my name (Stacy Gardner), and that I sent you from Examiner.com and you will be guaranteed this special treat for your feet.

So get ready and keep your eyes on Twitter for deets!

I Have Your Business Card, Now What?

Every time you meet someone it’s an opportunity to tell them about yourself and eventually hand over a business card.  When you make the exchange (hopefully the other person has one too), what happens next?  Do you have a Rolodex full of cards never used?  Does it get buried under a bunch of other cards?  Do you take one look at it and throw it away? I hope the answers to these questions are no.

The one thing you can do when you get a business card is take a quick look at it while you’re in the presence of the other person, acknowledging that there is at least some interest and then put it away.  But the crucial thing to do within 24 hours (or as soon as possible if it’s not feasible in 24 hours) is to send an email to the person saying it was nice to meet you and let’s keep in touch.  You have no idea how far that goes and it’s so important!

As a savvy businesswoman, I make it a point to do that with every business card I get because that can be another connection and can even turn into a great friend.  I have had that happen several times before and that’s all it took!  Sometimes I don’t get an email back from the person reciprocating the gesture, but at least I did my part and that makes me feel good.  In the end it’s necessary to do that because endless opportunities could arise, whether it’s related to your job or something else.

I feel now I should have that tagline in all my emails, and retweet it daily.  So PLEASE, make sure you followup on that business card.  It’s a small step to possibly greater things!

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