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It's 2019: Do you have up-to-date business cards, and do you actually use them?

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YES, and I hand them out all the time.
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It's 2019: Do you have up-to-date business cards, and do you actually use them?

Old 08-30-19, 12:34 PM
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It's 2019: Do you have up-to-date business cards, and do you actually use them?

I don't, but I'd feel more special if I did.
I like when people hand them to me, if I'm interested in their products or services. But I hate when they hand them to me randomly, unsolicited.

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Old 08-30-19, 12:37 PM
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Re: It's 2019: Do you have up-to-date business cards, and do you actually use them?

I only accept business cards in Bone with Silian Grail lettering.
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Re: It's 2019: Do you have up-to-date business cards, and do you actually use them?

If you're not dealing with customers or potential customers on a regular basis, their main use in life is to try to win some gift card at the local restaurant (where they'll harvest your info and do... something with it)
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Re: It's 2019: Do you have up-to-date business cards, and do you actually use them?

I had business cards at my last job, but I'm more behind the scenes now, so I think I might not get any at this job. Losing business cards for a promotion is a small price to pay.
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Re: It's 2019: Do you have up-to-date business cards, and do you actually use them?

Yes, but only when I meet with people from foreign companies, especially Asian ones. First, everyone expects a business card and second it seems that everyone who has even the slightest interaction with you comes to the meeting, so it's not unusual that you give out 10 cards at a meeting. I used to bring 5 cards but quickly learned that it was not nearly enough.
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Re: It's 2019: Do you have up-to-date business cards, and do you actually use them?

I don't, and that's fine. I work on a college campus and I get handed business cards at meetings all the time, and it makes no sense to me. We all work on campus. If I need your contact info, I'll look it up in the online directory or check your department's website. I don't need your card, and I won't keep it. It will sit on my desk for a month, then I'll throw it away.
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Re: It's 2019: Do you have up-to-date business cards, and do you actually use them?

I hand out maybe ten a year now, whenever I go to a conference or have a salesperson stop by the office to try to sell me something. I handed out many more when I worked in the print industry, as the card itself was a "product demonstration" of sorts.
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Re: It's 2019: Do you have up-to-date business cards, and do you actually use them?

I've been issued business cards for every job I've had since 1995. I only needed cards for the jobs I held from 95-97. The rest just sit in boxes in the back of a drawer. When I meet someone who actually hands me one, I typically either already have their information or don't need their information.
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Re: It's 2019: Do you have up-to-date business cards, and do you actually use them?

I don't. My husband has them, and he also has them from old jobs. I used to take his old ones and write on the backs for therapy, but I've discovered blank business cards on Amazon. I have those and use them for certain kinds of speech therapy where you need to create your materials on the fly.
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Re: It's 2019: Do you have up-to-date business cards, and do you actually use them?

Yes I do. But I only really give them out when doing interviews to fill positions.
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Re: It's 2019: Do you have up-to-date business cards, and do you actually use them?

Yes, I have business cards, but I only use them in the case that I do work for somebody I haven't before at my company (I work in a support capacity for a big corporation) or, occasionally, outside work if I meet someone and want them to have my cell number (which is on it) and it's someone I don't think will call the main switchboard and ask if they can be connected to that raving bitch Vibiana. so I didn't vote in the poll because none of the options really fit.
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Re: It's 2019: Do you have up-to-date business cards, and do you actually use them?

Huge swaths of my job is networking and I routinely give out hundreds of cards each year. At my last job, I added a back that had a "Let's connect on..." with a list of my areas of administration and expertise, including a fill-in-the-blank "Other" and people really liked it. Helped them remember why we wanted to connect in the first place. Some at work got cranky my card was different than the others. Sorry for the innovation that worked well for me.
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Re: It's 2019: Do you have up-to-date business cards, and do you actually use them?

I don't have or need them. I do like receiving them though for two reasons. One, I'm horrible with names. Two, I'm a designer so I like seeing well designed cards.
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Re: It's 2019: Do you have up-to-date business cards, and do you actually use them?

YES, but they're dormant in a box and my bag.
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Re: It's 2019: Do you have up-to-date business cards, and do you actually use them?

No business cards. I have calling cards with a personal email address. I'll occasionally give one to someone at social events if I want to talk with them again.
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Re: It's 2019: Do you have up-to-date business cards, and do you actually use them?

Originally Posted by Psi View Post
Yes, but only when I meet with people from foreign companies, especially Asian ones. First, everyone expects a business card and second it seems that everyone who has even the slightest interaction with you comes to the meeting, so it's not unusual that you give out 10 cards at a meeting. I used to bring 5 cards but quickly learned that it was not nearly enough.
I work for a Japanese company- business cards are basically mandatory. Since some restructuring in the past couple years, Iíve been traveling more to visit vendors and partners so Iíve gotta have them to hand out. And Iíve got a good stack from the other people too that Iíve had to go through to find somebody to help with an issue so Iíd say theyíre a good thing to have.
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Re: It's 2019: Do you have up-to-date business cards, and do you actually use them?

Been working on the same box for about 8 years. Just got a promotion and we all got new cards so Iíll have a new box to never use.

I donít want to carry a separate business card holder and they get too thrashed in my wallet. So I never have them on me.
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Re: It's 2019: Do you have up-to-date business cards, and do you actually use them?

Yes ... but my office address is wrong. I changed locations a few years ago due to the way our mileage reimbursement is calculated.

E-mail and phone are correct, but that’s all that matters. You can’t come see me and I’m never there anyway. 95% of my time is spent in the field or driving.

I usually just keep them in the car. Most of the time I will ask somebody their e-mail address or phone number and e-mail or text my contact info on the spot. No more lost business cards plus I have their info now too. If somebody offers me a card (which I actually want), I usually take a picture of it. Again, no more searching for that lost card.

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Re: It's 2019: Do you have up-to-date business cards, and do you actually use them?

Originally Posted by Vibiana View Post
Yes, I have business cards, but I only use them in the case that I do work for somebody I haven't before at my company (I work in a support capacity for a big corporation) or, occasionally, outside work if I meet someone and want them to have my cell number (which is on it) and it's someone I don't think will call the main switchboard and ask if they can be connected to that raving bitch Vibiana. so I didn't vote in the poll because none of the options really fit.
Huh. I tried it. The switchboard operator huffed and asked ďWhich
íraving bitch Vibianaí? Smith, Johnson, or Terwilliker?Ē

i panicked and hung up.

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