Conference Business Card Organization

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.

DIY Business Card Organizer for conferences and networking events


½ or 1 inch loose-leaf notebook  with front pocket
1 -2 sets of tabbed business card organizers
1+ sets of un-tabbed business card organizers
Sticky notes
Loose-leaf paper (optional)
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Step 1 – Name your tabs. For example you might choose Fellow Bloggers; Dog Brands; Cat Brands; Dog & Cat Brands; Priority Follow Up & 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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What are some of your best conference prep tips?

By | 2017-04-04T17:38:07+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Blogging, DIY|4 Comments

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  1. Denise Gruzensky April 1, 2017 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    I PAWsitively LOVE this idea. So many fellow bloggers and pet business have such cute cards and this makes them into a scrap book as well. I’ve been pretty organized with my cards but this takes it to an artistic level and makes a keepsake. PAWsome!
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    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder April 3, 2017 at 8:17 am - Reply

      Yay! I’m so glad you like the idea! I think anything would be an improvement over my plastic bag solution 😉 and I’m glad this feels doable and useful!

  2. Bryn Nowell April 3, 2017 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Yes! This is what I do as an add on. After having a meaningful conversation with rep from x brand, I write on a sticky note “We talked about _____ (fun story) and also ________ (specific brand info/products). So when I send an email follow up, I’ll say “We had a chance to meet at BlogPaws and laughed when I shared my story about blablabla. I also remember you had mentioned that x product might be a really good fit for our blog.

    That way, it’ll jog your memory and their memory, and not seem as canned of an email.

    THEN, because my life is sad, I color code ALL THE THINGS. Pink post its are “for immediate email, hot lead”, Yellow is “lukewarm lead, reply within 1 week,” blue is “cold lead, probably not a good fit, but I’ll send a note saying how nice it was to put a face to a name.”

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder April 4, 2017 at 9:57 am - Reply

      I LOVE the idea of color coding with the sticky notes! I’m glad that you think this is a helpful approach. Hoping to be much more organized this time around 🙂

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