Conferences are a great way to network with colleagues, mentors, brands, or potential employers. They can also be overwhelming as the days are jam packed with meet-ups, workshops, presentations and parties and there are generally hundreds of attendees, many of whom will hand you their calling card.
That’s a lot of business cards you will need to organize and keep track of so that you can follow up on opportunities following the conference. The more organized you can be before, during and after a conference, the more you will benefit from the connections you make. When I attended my first BlogPaws Conference, I was unprepared and rather disorganized. So much so, that I was actually storing the business cards I received in a Ziploc™ baggie! (Note: According to my mother, plastic bags are NOT a recommended storage or organization solution!)
DIY Business Card Organizer
This super simple project requires only a loose-leaf notebook, clear business card organizer pages (one set with tabs) and sticky notes and a pen.
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Step 1 – Name your tabs. For example you might choose Fellow Bloggers; Dog Brands; Cat Brands; Dog & Cat Brands; Priority FollowUp & insert labels into tabs and tabbed pages into notebook.
Step 2 – Insert non-tabbed organizer pages in between the tabbed pages. Place a few of your business cards in the first slot.
Step 3 – Pop a pack of sticky notes in the front pocket of the notebook. This way you can make notes and stick them on top of cards when adding them to the book so you have all the information you need when updating your Conference Contact Manager (download your free copy) during the conference.
Step 4–Identify your new business card organizer so that it can be easily returned if misplaced. Stick your business card on the front or use a white shipping label and write your name on the front.
I fall into the DIY-challenged category so if I think a DIY project is easy, that’s really saying something. However, if you don’t have the supplies on hand and don’t have the time to shop for them, there are some great, affordable options for business card organizers.
Business Card Organizer
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