Remember, when you’re networking, you’re making impressions on people left and right, and you don’t have a lot of time to do it. Take advantage of any action that will make a positive impact!
And absolutely everyone wants to experience the positive feelings that go along with being asked for their card – even event speakers and organizers. I’ve been speaking at and leading a lot of events lately and I have to tell you, 9 times out of 10 when I meet someone and ask for their card, they do not ask for mine.
Now I’m not here to criticize people who have neglected to ask for my card. I just want you to know that when I ask for their card, and the courtesy isn’t reciprocated, the exchange leaves me feeling flat. And who wants to make an impression like that? Especially when it can so easily be avoided!
The moral of the story is: ask for everyone’s cards. Yes, it is important so that you can follow up with people, of course. But just as important, although often overlooked, is the fact that through this simple action, you can help make someone else feel great!