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What’s In Your Networking Kit? (Do you even have one?)

I recently conducted a workshop at the “Back to Business Symposium” in the Twin Cities, which was hosted by WIN (Women in Networking).

Whenever WIN hosts these types of business events, they always put together a “goodie bag” for attendees. This time we received everything from a small notebook with pen, mascara, mints, and a post-conference set of tips that included a Thank You card to send to someone who impacted you at the conference.

Also included in our goodie bag was a small blue envelope with a sticker on the outside that said:

Business card follow up
Date of event:
Name of event:
Date followed up:

Inside the envelope was a card that said:

What to keep in your networking kit:
Business card holder
Extra business cards
Mini Post-its
Mints
Name badge
Pen
Small envelope to collect cards

Here is the envelope and card:

Business Networking Kit
Business Networking Kit

 

What I love about the idea of having a Networking Kit is that it keeps you prepared wherever you go.  What I have learned to do is to keep this networking kit in the glove box of my car.  After the event I bring the kit back to my office if I need to replenish my business cards, envelopes or anything else, and then put it back in the car. I also keep a supply in the office for any out of town events I may attend.

I also like the idea of having an envelope to place the cards you receive from others at the event. Just be sure to fill out the sticker on the outside to remind you of the event you attended, so that when you follow up with people or look at their cards in a couple weeks, it can jog your memory of how you received that card. Plus, it makes it easier for entering these cards into your CRM system.

Now I’d like to take credit for coming up with this idea myself, but I’m afraid I can’t. My friend Teresa Thomas, Director of WIN, talks about this in her book, How to Tap into the Power of Win/Win Connections.

I highly recommend this book for some great ideas on networking that you’ve probably never thought of before. And if you’ve never heard of the “Networking Vortex” before, you might want to watch the demonstration that Teresa and I did in this video, The Networking Vortex – The Secret to Successful Networking.

What’s in YOUR Networking Kit? Please share your networking tips below.

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