people MUST leave with your contact information.
After all, that’s how networking works… right?
With a few days until the event,
I realized I had a big problem to solve…
I don’t have a business card to hand out.
I needed a solution.
Something with my name. Something to connect people with what I’m doing.
I came up with a solution…
though, a rather unnerving one,
because it was so far off the grid, I figured it was destined for failure.
Let me explain…
who (probably) enjoy wine,
and who exchange 3.5″x2″ business cards with people they meet.
On flimsy paper,
hand-write my name/e-mail/website,
and attach it with scotch tape to a 2″ long grape vine.
An odd design,
that would definitely get some kind of reaction.
I questioned what might happen…
Q: What if they trash this old, slightly dirty, and cheap (made at no cost) “business card”?
A: Nothing would happen. They would never call me. They would probably never think of me again.
Q: What if they hold onto this unique, personal, and resourceful “business card”?
A: It will be a refreshing taste of nature in their cubicles… so far out of the box that they might remember me way down the road.
My approach, in business terms,
I liked my chances,
And after all, I didn’t have any better ideas.
So, I began to craft…
Tape to vine.
Tape to paper.
My very first business card.
And, you know what…
If everyone throws it away,
I’ll still consider it a success,
Because I’m keeping one.