You never want to be the person who runs out of business cards at a networking event. You end up scrawling your email address on a piece of paper, or swearing that you’ll remember your new friend’s name or at least their company and job title, and let’s be honest—you won’t. Well, here’s a tip: Next time you’re running low on business cards, save that last one.
What good does that do? Well, it’s 2019 and everyone carries a camera in their pocket. Just say, “This is my last one, but why don’t you take a picture?” Honestly, I think I’d rather go home from a conference with a camera roll full of photos of people’s business cards rather than a stack of actual pieces of paper that I have to sort through.
This tiny hack was inspired by me running out of business cards at an event last month, and by this tweet:
What if instead of a stack of business cards you just have one business card and get people to take a photo of it ????
— Josh Nicholas (@joshcnicholas) November 11, 2019
I welcome the future in which a business card is a thing we each only have one of (you could even snap a pic of your new buddy’s conference badge, which is sort of the same thing). But until then, just save your last card. You can even leave the house with just one, if you dare, and lie and say you’ve run out.