One of the readers of Dr. Misner’s blog asked about when it was appropriate to hand out a business card. (Blog post here.)
Some people are “card-pushers.” They think that networking is handing their business cards to as many people as possible. This amounts to cold-calling.
Dr. Misner’s advice is “Don’t hand out your business card unless someone asks for it.”
So what happens if you want to make a connection and the other person doesn’t ask? Easy: ask for their card instead.
You can also ask whether they attend the event where you met them regularly. If they do, you’ll have another opportunity to talk.
Note: just receiving a card from someone doesn’t give you permission to add them to your mailing list. You’re more likely to offend them than to develop the connection.
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