Take your business cards along.
You already know that you need to have your business cards in your pocket if your class reunion is being held in your home town. But what if you no longer live there? What if you've moved clear across the country?
And what if you’re going somewhere else entirely – somewhere that you don’t expect to meet anyone you’ve known in the past?
You might think you don’t need your cards. But take them anyway.
This is a very small world, and you never know when you’ll meet someone who is either a resident of your community, plans to relocate there soon, or has family or friends there.
You might also think that since you’ll be on vacation, you won’t be talking business. But think about that again.
We Americans seem to sort and define people by what they do for a living. That means one of the first things a new acquaintance will ask is “What do you do?”
(Remember to have your elevator speech polished!)
How do you ask a new acquaintance to take your card? Easy – by asking for theirs. If they don’t have one, jot down their information on the back of one of yours, then hand them yours and suggest getting in touch when you're back in your home city.
I know – you can tap phones or manually enter a new person’s contact information, and they can take yours the same way. But that won’t give them your photo. So what are the chances they’ll remember who you are – or how they felt about you - after they've entered 20 or 30 new contacts?A card with your photo will help them remember you.
After you get home, drop them a note saying that you enjoyed meeting them and extending your friendship. You could suggest meeting for coffee or cocktails. If you share a hobby, you could offer to introduce them to others who share that hobby. And of course, if what they do for a living interests you or could benefit your clients, you can ask for more information. Naturally you'll invite them to call if you can assist them.
You really never know who you’ll meet or how the meeting could benefit both of you.
For instance – a few months back I wrote web copy for a real estate broker in Texas. By a chance conversation with the lady who checked out my groceries here in Idaho, I learned that her son was moving and would need a real estate agent in my client’s city. So I was able to give a referral.
Who would have predicted that?
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