Seeing as the entire point of my trip to Colorado for the TBEX conference was to network, it kind of sucked when I ran out of business cards on Friday night.
Actually, it really sucked. The conference hadn’t even started yet! And yet there I was, on the top of a mountain with nary a Staples in sight. To make matters worse, I hate networking. Most people think I’m a natural extrovert but the truth of the matter is, I’m painfully shy and there’s nothing that frightens me more than entering a room full of people I don’t know and having to introduce myself.
I realized I had two choices. I could be that lame-o who walks around ripping pages out of a notebook scribbling her info as she mutters her apologies. Or I could make a statement. And make my own cards.
I opted for the latter.
Unfortunately, as lovely as my room was at Vail Resorts, it wasn’t equipped with a craft room. And I hadn’t brought any scissors with me, let alone card stock or colored markers, so Saturday morning found me in the kitchen bent over the cutting board, scoring the hotel stationary with a steak knife. Fifteen minutes later, I had twenty almost-straight little rectangles ready to go.
Not wanting to waste an opportunity to display my dazzling wit, I wrote:
Then I rolled each sheet into a little scroll to hide the fact that my surgical procedures with the steak knife weren’t quite as surgical as I’d hoped and tied each scroll with a piece of yellow thread that I’d cut from the edge of a scarf.
For the rest of the weekend, whenever anyone asked if I had a business card, I replied with mock seriousness, “No, even better. I have a business scroll.”
I felt like a bit of a moron (actually, I felt like a major moron— who flies all the way to Denver to attend a conference of 800 people with only a dozen business cards?) but then something wonderful happened.
People started saying, “Oh my God! This is too cute! I am totally going to remember you.”
And isn’t that the entire point of handing out business cards in the first place?
I may never go back.
- How-to: Make Recycled Paper Business Cards Using Your Sewing Machine (craftingagreenworld.com)
- 39 Business Cards That Aren’t All… Business [PHOTOS] (coedmagazine.com)
- Simple DIY Business Cards (ecosalon.com)