A Little Philosophy: New uses for calling cards
When I was in Junior High school back in the late 1950s, we made embossed calling cards in our printing shop class.
At that time, I was told that everyone should own and exchange cards (also called business or visiting cards) to increase our circle of acquaintances and make sure that they didn’t forget us!
Since then, printing cards became easier (Junior High kids not needed) to produce, plus a lot less expensive.
Handing someone your card is an easy way to exchange contact information while telling that person something about yourself by the image it projects.
Are you interested in crafts? Drama? Sports? Travel? The Arts? Are you fun-loving and like good laughs? If so, announce your interests on your card. All online card fulfillment services let you pick the most representative image.
If you regularly post selfies on social media accounts, then by all means, put one on your card! What better way to connect the real “you” with the one on the cloud.
Here’s a check list of what to include on a card in addition to a representative image:
- Your full name!
- Contact information
- Email address
- Street address (you can skip this if you think most people would contact you by phone or online)
- Website or blog sites, if you have any
- Your social media accounts, such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, WhatsApp, WeChat, etc.
And don’t forget to buy a business card wallet to keep your cards clean and flat. Make sure it has an extra pocket for you to insert the cards you collect!
While you’ll probably add the names of your new acquaintances to your Contact List, (there are even apps available for this task), also buy and use a card display holder so you can keep your new friends in mind, as well as appreciate their card designs.
- Staples Online Printing Services – there may be a center near you!
- Vistaprint – a well-established online service
- Google Search for online business card printers
- Walgreens and CVS pharmacies
- ClipartOf.com – excellent selection of humorous images and the source of many I use
Article by Karen Little, first published for Littleviews.com on August 2, 2019, all rights reserved by Karen Little and Littleviews. You may re-publish this article in a non-commercial site with permission from Karen.
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